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Grand Rapids and Greater Kent County

Grand Rapids Care for Degenerative Disorders

The number of our clients with neuro-degenerative diseases continues to grow along with the need for care for degenerative disorders in Grand Rapids. We provide care for a variety of disorders, including ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and arthritis.

Homewatch CareGivers of Grand Rapids is an avid supporter of research to help find cures for these diseases. With the Van Andel Institute in our backyard, we are proud to support frontline research for these diseases through tribute donations, research funding, and community events. The Van Andel Institute is one of the few research organizations that contributes 100 percent of received donations to research.

Some of our caregivers have medical backgrounds and have worked in local care facilities, so they are particularly well-versed in degenerative diseases. All of our caregivers who have been with us more than a year are specifically trained to care for clients whose degenerative diseases provide unique challenges and situations. Each client’s needs are different and our customized care plans reflect these needs. Some of our clients who battle these diseases desire to be very social. Our caregivers have taken these clients to the movies and to church, as well as to other outings they enjoy.

ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease leads to muscle weakening and affects one’s ability to control voluntary movements of the muscles including those that control breathing. As a person progressively loses their ability to function independently, they will require additional care in the home. Our caregivers can assist with mobility and transfers, plan and prepare special diets to facilitate good nutrition, and offer emotional support allowing the client enough time to communicate, always being sensitive to the preservation of the client’s dignity.
Parkinson’s disease gradually affects the nervous system to the point where the affected person will need help with ambulation, daily chores, personal grooming, and more. Our caregivers have specialized training to help if your loved one experiences cognitive symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. We are here to support the family caregivers who may not be able to manage all of the care for all Parkinson’s symptoms.
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary by individual, but as this unpredictable and disabling illness of the central nervous system advances it disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. While many people with MS experience a years-long remission of the disease, others may lose the ability to walk and require additional care for daily activities.
Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other types of arthritis can be extremely painful and affect a person’s ability to take care of themselves. Homewatch CareGivers is here to provide in home care when you or a loved one experience a flare up of osteoarthritis symptoms or rheumatoid arthritis pain. Know when to ask for additional help so that you can continue to live a full and independent life.