Muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of degenerative diseases that affect the muscles. While the early stages of this type of disease has little impact on a person’s life, it will begin to affect the muscles more severely as it progresses, often leaving the person unable to look after themselves.
There are many types of MD, including Duchenne MD, which is both one of the most common and most aggressive forms; myotonic dystrophy, which reduces life expectancy; and spinal muscular atrophy. Some forms, such as oculopharyngeal MD, do not develop until a person is around 50-60 years old. Understandably, the unexpected arrival of a seriously debilitating disease can come as a major shock and can have a hugely detrimental effect on a person’s mobility – and, ultimately, their independence.
There is no cure for MD, but there are some treatments and methods that help. A live in carer with experience in supporting those with muscular dystrophy can greatly improve the individual’s quality of life. He or she can also provide respite for friends and family members who, up until now, may have been carrying out most or all care duties.
Home Care for Those with Muscular Dystrophy
There’s really no substitute for your own home, and at Ivy Palmer, we fully believe that home care for those with muscular dystrophy offers a route that’s not only affordable, but that also provides customers with the physical and psychological support needed to continue living a rich, fulfilling life.
We want to make the transition into home care as smooth as possible. We appreciate that choosing to work with a home carer is a big decision, and our team are on hand to guide you every step of the way. An expert will talk to you or your loved one about your needs, where they will chat about your options and begin to support you to put together a personalised care profile that is tailored around the unique challenges of living with muscular dystrophy. Our team will work hard to find a local live in carer who has extensive experience in caring for people with MD, and who has similar passions and interests.
From there, our approved carer will be able to carry out all kinds of everyday tasks on the individual’s behalf. They’ll be on hand to prepare meals, clean around the home, carry out the weekly shop and prompt medication where necessary. They’ll also be a valuable source of emotional support – they’ll encourage the customer to stay positive, keep active, and talk about the issues they’re facing.
Learn more about our live in carer services for those with muscular dystrophy. Contact us today by calling 0330 053 5014 and we’ll be happy to discuss your needs and provide you with free, no-obligation advice.