Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of voluntary control over the muscles. What this means for daily life is total dependence upon others for simple tasks like feeding, bathing, oral hygiene and toileting care. Common among Caucasians, non-Hispanics, and seniors over age 60, ALS is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases around the world, and according to the National ALS Registry, more than 12,000 Americans have been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. A-1 Home Care in Downey shares an excerpt from a blogger who has ALS:
What I Miss before ALS
I miss my independence. I miss having the ability to jump in the car and go. I could just go visit someone, get something to eat, hit up the mall. Even if I didn’t want to go anywhere, which wasn’t uncommon, the fact remained that I could. It was an option and in my control…Now my husband makes calls for me. I appreciate it so much, but it makes me feel useless, helpless…searching for the right descriptive word. It can also be just plain embarrassing… A lot of times I feel like my voice is only clear and loud enough to send a subliminal message to others… All of what I miss before ALS that I’ve mentioned does have to do with independence. That’s what ALS does. It takes everything from you. People I’ve met very recently I feel don’t get to see the real me. I want to say I am still that person, but in some ways I’m not.
24-Hour ALS Care with Compassion
A-1 Home Care recruits only the best caregiver talent in Downey and all over Los Angeles County. Our seasoned, highly skilled caregivers are well-versed in Lou Gehrig’s Care, prolonging independence as much as possible for individuals with Lou Gehrig’s disease in the comfort of their own homes. For 25 years, A-1 Home Care has provided a continuum of senior care for all types of needs: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Cancer Care, Parkinson’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Kidney Care, Brain Injury Care and more. We are a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency, which ensures that each caregiver has a criminal background clearance and all professional references are verified. We have live operators on stand-by 24 hours a day so that you don’t have to deal with an automated answering system. If you’re looking for high quality, affordable and personable ALS Care, you’ve come to the right place at A-1 Home Care!
Find the right ALS caregiver today! Call A-1 Home Care (562) 929-8400, (949) 650-3800, or (626) 219-6440.