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ALS Care – It’s Time for Lou Gehrig’s Screening

Each year, 5,600 new cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, are diagnosed, which is about 15 new cases per day.  American veterans, especially those who served during the Gulf War, are at high risk for developing ALS.  According to the ALS Association, about 93% of patients diagnosed with this neurodegenerative disease are Caucasian and 60% of them are male.  The average age of the patient who gets diagnosed with ALS is 55, but people generally develop the disease between ages 40 and 70.   ALS is a seriously debilitating disease that interferes with everyday living, but A-1 Home Care is here to help ameliorate the symptoms of Lou Gehrig’s disease and improve the quality of life for seniors and their families.

Outlook for Patients with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Many ALS patients live at least three years after the diagnosis, so what will life look like for you and your elderly loved ones?  Early symptoms of ALS will affect your loved one’s ability to walk and perform daily tasks like going up the stairs or cooking.  As ALS spreads, if it affects the medulla (which is the lower half of the brainstem) that controls the body’s autonomic functions like breathing, your loved one will have trouble speaking, swallowing, breathing, chewing, salivating, and controlling his laughter or tears.  Symptoms vary from person to person, depending on the area of the brain affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease.  The aim of 24-hour in-home care is to make life as comfortable as possible for the ALS patient and the entire family.  Round-the-clock care entails assistance with cooking, cleaning, chores, bathing, hygiene, personal care, companion care, and more.

Why A-1 Home Care?

Our mission to serve families with two helping hands and a golden heart is carried out by highly skilled certified caregivers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Getting high-quality senior care and ALS care at exceptionally low, affordable prices in Monrovia is a rare find, but with A-1 Home Care, you have the best in-home care services at the most competitive rates at your disposal.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has exceeded the expectations of seniors and their families, which is why they continually refer their friends and relatives to us over the years.  You can pick and choose different types of elder care based on your budget, level of need, and availability.  Our 24-hour hotline will always connect you to a live operator rather than an automated answering system.  Finance elder care with our reasonable rates and terms or go through veteran benefits/long-term care insurance.

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care today at (949) 650-3800 and (562) 929-8400 or visit for services in Monrovia, Pasadena, Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and other cities in LA County.

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