Multiple sclerosis is a disease where information between the brain and the body gets disrupted. It’s typically diagnosed by the age of 50. In 2017, it was estimated that up to 914,000 people in the U.S. had the disease. Those are the basic facts to know on World Multiple Sclerosis Day.
When your mom or dad has MS, they’re going to need some help at home. Symptoms vary from one person to the next. Some of the more common symptoms are numbness/tingling in the arms, face, and legs. Weakness and fatigue are common. Vision issues, dizziness, muscle spasms, difficulty with gait/walking, and incontinence are also common.
Don’t let your parents struggle at home. Supportive services will help. These are the services an elder care aide can provide to help your parent.
Muscle spasms and dizziness may increase the risk of your mom or dad falling. They could be seriously injured getting in and out of the shower or bathtub. To avoid potential injuries, have elder care aides available to lend support when your parent gets out of bed, takes a shower, gets off the sofa, or walks up and down the stairs.
Aides can also join your parent on walks for fresh air and exercise. No matter where your mom or dad wants to walk, a caregiver can be right by his or her side.
The lack of energy, dizziness, and changes to vision can make it hard to prepare meals and snacks. It becomes easier to grab ready-to-eat foods. With meal preparation services, a caregiver can cook the meals and snacks your parent wants. Balanced meals that have whole grains, lean proteins, and plenty of vegetables are available all of the time.
Going out shopping, picking up refills, and driving a car can be challenging when you have MS. If your mom or dad is struggling to do these tasks alone, a caregiver can help. Caregivers can drive your parent to the store, schedule doctor’s appointments, drive them to the medical office, and take them to buy groceries.
Your parent may take plenty of medications to help with some of the symptoms. Some medications help slow the disease’s progression. Your parent may take something to help with bladder control, something else to help with itching, and medications to help with the pain. A caregiver can help with medication reminders.
Talk to an elder care agency about your parent’s changing abilities. Find out what the specialist feels would be the best services now and how often services are available. You’ll work with the specialist to arrange the services your parent needs on a schedule that works for your family.