Home Care for Parkinson’s and ALS

Promoting quality of life.

Living Well Assisted Living at Home In-home Care

Even though you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson's or ALS, he or she may still be able to live at home indefinitely, with enough planning and the right kind of support. Living Well Assisted Living at Home provides a home care needs assessment, drawing a roadmap for the care necessary now, as well as in the future. Our Personal Home Care Plan will help you or your loved one live in your home more easily, safely and with peace of mind. Our home caregivers are expertly trained and personally selected to meet your day-to-day needs. Living Well Assisted Living at Home also offers a Parkinson's Support Group.

“We help individuals with Parkinson’s or ALS to continue living rewarding lives,” Living Well President, Dr. Doris Bersing, says “...Remember that these diseases are a label, but they are not your loved one. They experience that illness but they are not the illness. It is very important to focus on the uniqueness and individuality of each person and use the right interventions to help them express themselves and lead a fulfilling inner life. Let us help you and your loved one to understand and live well through the process.”

Monitoring medical signs and symptoms

With Parkinson’s and ALS, excellent care at home and monitoring of medical signs and symptoms are key. Our homecare plan and services span a continuous spectrum that we tune to each person’s needs and desires, always preserving individual dignity. We adapt our services as your needs change.

To learn more about our Parkinson’s and ALS home care, please contact Living Well Assisted Living at Home at: (800) 805-7104.

We are available 24/7 and look forward to speaking with you.

The facts

According to the National Parkinson's Foundation, in the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease (PD) are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have Parkinson's Disease. In fact, it is estimated that four to six million people around the world suffer from the condition. There is hope, however, as scientists work towards a cure and make progress in identifying the best treatment options for patients. Parkinson's disease usually develops after age 60, but 15% of cases are diagnosed in people under the age of 40.

According to the ALS Association, only 5 to 10% of cases of ALS in the U.S. are genetic; the cause of 90-95% of cases is unknown. ALS is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. Based on U.S. population studies, a little over 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. (That's 15 new cases a day.) It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. According to the ALS CARE Database, 60% of the people with ALS in the Database are men and 93% of patients in the Database are Caucasian. Most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 70, with an average age of 55 at the time of diagnosis. However, cases of the disease do occur in persons in their twenties and thirties.

What is Parkinson’s Disease? A general definition

Parkinson's disease (PD)

is a progressive disorder of the brain and central nervous system that causes a variety of movement problems (such as shaking, muscle stiffness, and difficulty walking).

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Movement and coordination in your body are controlled in part by a chemical in your brain called dopamine. In Parkinson's disease, dopamine-producing nerve cells are damaged, gradually reducing dopamine levels in the parts of the brain thought to control movement. Without dopamine, the brain doesn't send signals to the muscles so that they can function properly.

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What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)? A general definition

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS,

is a degenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

With ALS, motor neurons (nerve cells) degenerate or die and the brain loses its ability to initiate and control muscle movement. In the early stages, patients experience muscle weakening particularly in the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. The condition slowly worsens. In the later stages of the disease, patients may become totally paralyzed. When the muscles in the chest area stop working, it becomes hard or impossible to breathe on one's own.

The initial symptoms of ALS can be quite varied in different people. One person may experience tripping over carpet edges, another person may have trouble lifting, and a third person's early symptom may be slurred speech. The rate at which ALS progresses can be quite variable from one person to another. Although the mean survival time with ALS is three to five years, many people live five, ten or more years.

Early detection and treatment are key

PD:

While a cure for Parkinson's disease (PD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has not yet been found, thanks to research conducted in recent decades, many treatments are available to help manage the condition. And because PD and ALS are progressive diseases, it's important to begin treatment as soon as possible. Working together, you and your medical team will select the best treatment approach for PD based on your symptoms and needs.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation states "...While your journey with Parkinson's is different from anyone else's, from age of onset, to the symptoms you will experience, to your reactions to medications, there are common strategies you can take to live well with PD..." Learn more about strategies to live with PD

ALS:

Although there is no known cure for ALS, treatment with the FDA-approved drug riluzole may slow the disease progression and prolong life. Learn more about signs, symptoms, and treatment of ALS.

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