Home Care Solutions for Seniors with Multiple Sclerosis in Wheat Ridge and Denver, CO
Learn how our home care solutions can help seniors in Wheat Ridge, Denver, Golden and surrounding areas in Colorado manage symptoms of multiple sclerosis so they can remain safe, comfortable and independent
A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can raise a lot of questions. Will the symptoms of your loved one get worse? Is your loved one going to need professional care? Unanswered questions may lead to fear and anxiety. Learning as much as possible and creating a plan will help you regain control and build a support network for your loved one.
Visiting Angels Denver can help your loved one manage symptoms of MS and stay safe with personalized home care solutions.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. Its symptoms may be subtle or disabling, making it unpredictable. It stops different areas of the brain from communicating with each other and with the body. Most MS patients are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40.
What Causes MS?
When the body's immune system attacks the central nervous system, it causes damage that slows or stops nerve transmission. There are many theories about what causes MS, including immunology, genetics and viruses, but there is no proven cause.
What Are the Symptoms of MS?
Early symptoms of MS often involve vision--blurred vision, vision loss, and color blindness are common.
Other symptoms include:
- Numbness or tingling
- Difficulty walking
- Involuntary muscle spasms
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Cognitive and emotional changes
Can MS be Cured?
Currently, there is no cure for MS. Managing the symptoms of MS is a lifelong process that begins at diagnosis. Medications can help relieve symptoms; physical therapy and walking aids and braces can assist with mobility. A team of medical professionals is likely to be involved in your loved one's treatment: physicians, neurologists, therapists, nurses and mental health professionals. Family members may be asked to assist with their daily activities.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed after caring for a loved one with MS, consider home care solutions from Visiting Angels Denver.
MS and Muscle Weakness in Seniors
Multiple sclerosis is usually detected in early adulthood but can be discovered in later years. As the prognosis for MS patients increases and the population ages, more of our seniors will have MS. Muscle weakness is a primary concern because it is both a symptom of the disease and a symptom of aging. People living with MS are at a higher risk of falls, so the risk is heightened for a senior with MS. Visiting Angels offers fall prevention services as part of our home care solutions to help seniors stay safe.
How Can Visiting Angels Denver Help My Loved One?
If your loved one has MS, they’ll most likely eventually need care and support at home. It could be a partnership of help from a family caregiver and professional caregivers from Visiting Angels Denver.
Our home care solutions include:
- Personal Care: We assist with meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, errands and transportation to appointments, mobility assistance, medication reminders and personal hygiene.
- Companion Care: We fulfill your loved one's needs for social interaction and emotional support.
- Respite Care: We provide interim care to allow family caregivers a well-deserved break to relax and recharge.
If you're interested in learning more about how Visiting Angels Denver can help your loved one, contact our Wheat Ridge, CO office at 303-990-8148.