What is it?
Motor neurone disease (MND) is an uncommon condition that affects the brain and nerves. It is caused by a problem with motor neurones (which are brain and nerve cells) that gradually stop working. Over time, these cells slowly lose their function, and the disease progressively worsens. The cause of this is still unknown.
There is no cure at the present time, however, there are treatments available that can reduce the impact on people living with the disease.
Although it can affect adults of various ages, motor neurone disease is a rare condition that primarily affects individuals in their 60s and 70s.
Moving, swallowing, and breathing become more challenging, requiring treatments such as a feeding tube or breathing through a face mask.
What are the signs and symptoms?
There are multiple symptoms for motor neurone disease, including:
- Weakened ankles or legs: you might find climbing stairs has become more difficult or you trip more often
- Slurred speech: this can develop into difficulty swallowing certain foods
- Frail grip: you might lose grip easier and drop things, or find it hard to open jars
- Muscle cramps and/or twitches
- Weight loss
- Having trouble controlling your emotions in inappropriate situations, such as crying or laughing
(Reference: Motor neurone disease – NHS (www.nhs.uk))
You can find more information here: Motor neurone disease – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
How Comfort Care At Home can help
We understand that MND’s symptoms require careful management in order for your loved one to have the best quality of life.
Our care professionals are fully trained to provide the extra support and assistance with day-to-day tasks required for people with motor neurone disease, such as washing and preparing food. No job is too little for us and our care professionals are experienced at providing extra practical support to make your loved one’s life that bit easier.
As well as being familiar with moving and handling equipment, the Comfort Care At Home team can also assist with administering and reordering medication, liaising directly with your loved one’s medical professionals and pharmacist.
Alongside all the practical support our care professionals provide, they are also acutely aware of the emotional support required by our clients. A beaming smile, a funny joke, a friendly chat are vital to making your loved one enjoy their life at home as fully as possible. All are in plentiful supply with our care professionals.
If your loved one has a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease and you are looking for some additional support for them at home, contact the Comfort Care At Home team today on 020 8610 9778 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.