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Tips for Caring for a Senior Suffering from ALS

Elderly Care in Stockton CA

Learning that your aging loved one is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, can be a terrifying and disheartening moment. This rare neuromuscular disease has extensive impact on your Elderly-Care-in-Stockton-CAparent’s functioning and an average life expectancy of three to five years after onset of symptoms. This, however, does not mean that you cannot continue to enjoy a meaningful and fulfilling relationship with your senior and that they cannot have a high quality of life as they progress through the disease. By designing your care plan around supporting their life rather than just managing their symptoms you can help your loved one to stay as safe, healthy, and comfortable as possible throughout their later years.

 

Use these tips to help you care for a senior who is suffering from ALS:

  • Address safety needs first. Your parent’s symptoms will involve difficulty with mobility and gait, which can increase their risk for falls and serious injuries associated with those falls. Make meaningful changes throughout their home that will help to make it easier for them to navigate the space and reduce the risk of injuries.
  • Provide supervision and assistance at mealtime. Difficulty swallowing is common for seniors dealing with ALS and this can make eating more dangerous. Talk to their doctor about foods that you can prepare that will be easier for your parent to consume safely. This might involve using food thickeners or changing the way that you serve meals to encourage easier chewing and swallowing.
  • Keep them involved. Your senior might not have the physical capabilities that they did prior to their disease, but that does not mean that they are not able to enjoy life any longer. Keeping them actively engaged in the activities of your family and encouraging them to stay in touch with friends, hobbies, organizations, and volunteer work will keep their mental and emotional health high, keep them motivated, and help to bring additional meaning into their later years.

 

If your aging parent has recently been diagnosed with or is suffering from a serious medical condition such as ALS, starting elderly care for them can be one of the best decisions that you can make as their family caregiver. Starting this type of care is not about you not wanting to care for your loved one or it not mattering to you if they get all of the support and assistance that they need. Far from it, in fact, elderly care is about building up a network of care and support around your parent and taking steps to ensure that your senior gets everything that they need at all times to help them manage their symptoms as well as fulfill their other needs. This ensures that they are not just addressing their ALS, but also any other challenges that they are experiencing in a way that respects their individuality, lifestyle, and goals so that they can live out their later years in the way that is right for them.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Stockton, CA, please contact the caring staff at ApexCare®. Proudly Serving Sacramento, Yolo, Placer & El Dorado Counties. Call Today 916-924-9111.

 

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis/home/ovc-20247208

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Amyotrophic-Lateral-Sclerosis-ALS-Fact-Sheet

 

Jason Wu, President

President at ApexCare
I first became aware of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago when my grandmother was diagnosed with this disease.I saw firsthand how critical it was to have a loving family or caregiver to ensure my grandmother’s safety and daily well-being.My grandmother was fortunate enough to have close family members who cared for her as her Alzheimer’s disease progressed.

Since then, I have had a strong interest in helping and supporting our senior community as they age and are unable to care for themselves.Coming from a family of physicians, I am excited to be involved in the medical community by providing the highest levels of non-clinical in-home care to our clients and their families.With my work experience, I firmly believe that ApexCare can touch many lives and have a great impact on our local senior community.

Prior to joining ApexCare, I worked in a wide variety of industries and have owned multiple businesses ranging from construction to mortgage banking.Outside of work, I am an active youth soccer and basketball coach, having coached recreational soccer for over 8 years and elementary school basketball for over 4 years.I graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.My career has been focused on building great organizations that deliver the highest absolute levels of service to our clients.I look forward to continuing this passion with ApexCare.

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