Nearly one million adults live with multiple sclerosis in the United States. As it is an often progressive neurological condition, those with multiple sclerosis might need a range of different forms of support and home care. These needs might also change over time, depending on how the condition develops.
In honor of Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month, we’ve listed the different types of home care for multiple sclerosis that might help both those living with the condition and those working hard to support them.
Transport and Mobility
A major challenge for those living with multiple sclerosis is mobility. Some of the symptoms of MS are weakness, dizziness, muscle spasms, and tremors or seizures. Any and all of these can make mobility and using transportation difficult.
Multiple sclerosis home care might therefore include helping recipients of care moving around their home, getting to appointments outside of the home, and generally assisting with day-to-day mobility. This helps them regain a sense of independence and continue to live a full life.
Daily Hygiene Support
A multiple sclerosis personal care assistant can also help make sure the recipient of care’s quality of life doesn’t get overlooked when their condition makes things difficult. Washing, dressing, and otherwise taking care of one’s self can become difficult when tremors or difficulty moving gets in the way.
Domestic Household Tasks
Similarly, the same can apply to domestic tasks around the home. Staying on top of laundry, cooking, shopping for groceries, and so on can become overwhelming when those living with MS are slowed down by their symptoms. Having a PCA around to support them in these all-important tasks makes sure that their quality of life stays high.
Support and Supervision
Perhaps most importantly, a PCA offers regular social contact and an experienced eye for supervision. Multiple sclerosis can deteriorate over time, so it’s important that someone is around to keep an eye on symptoms and help the recipient of care track their progress and responses to different treatments.
What’s more, MS can present itself through slurred speech, memory loss, impaired hearing, and other symptoms that can make social contact difficult. Having a PCA on hand who understands the challenges that they’re facing is a great way of making sure that they have regular contact with other people, to avoid feelings of loneliness or isolation.
Have Questions? Best Care Can Help!
Of course, the exact way that a PCA might be able to help someone living with multiple sclerosis depends on their own situation and needs. It’s best to have an open dialogue when setting up a PCA with a recipient of care with MS, to make sure everyone’s needs are definitely met. Give our team a call if you have any questions about PCA care for individuals with MS!
Thank you for helping us raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month.