We Can Help Family Caregivers Provide ALS Care for Loved Ones!

An older adult sits with his hands on a walker in front of him while a woman provides ALS care, standing behind him with her hand on his shoulder.
We can help you provide ALS care for someone you love.

ALS (sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a degenerating neurological illness that brings an overwhelming amount of physical challenges that can lead to clinical depression. For people providing ALS care for a loved one, it’s hard not to feel stressed and uncertain about how to help the individual live life to the fullest and stay optimistic.

How Can You Best Support Someone With ALS?

Dakota Home Care, the leading home care provider in Bismark, Fargo, Mandan, and the surrounding areas, has recommendations to help family caregivers provide ALS care for loved ones:

  • Those with muscle diseases such as ALS are proficient thinkers, even if they are typically unable to communicate clearly. Speak openly while making joint decisions about the person’s ALS care.
  • Patience is vital. Although it may often seem quicker and more efficient to take over certain tasks, show patience and allow your loved one to accomplish the tasks that they can.
  • Confirm with the person that they want help before you assist them. Never take over tasks that still can be performed if the person is provided with adaptive products and time.
  • Set up a computer and internet access. Computers, along with other assistive tools, supply entertainment and social interaction and make it possible for the person with ALS to help with tasks like paying bills, tracking down information, hiring services, and shopping.
  • Take advantage of adaptive devices. The utilization of adaptive equipment like wheelchairs is a move in the direction of self-sufficiency, not away from it. Adaptive tools are readily available for assorted everyday tasks, such as eating, opening jars and doors, buttoning or zipping up clothing, writing, and taking a shower.

For people living with ALS, finding a trusted home care agency to help with providing ALS care is imperative. We can help with:

  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals
  • Providing medication reminders
  • Assisting with mobility and transfers
  • Offering friendly companionship to brighten each day
  • And so much more

The home care team at Dakota Home Care is extensively trained and experienced in providing the care and support needed to ensure people with ALS live their best lives. Call us any time at (877) 691-0015, or contact us online for additional information about our home care services.

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