March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. We seem to have all heard of MS, which is a disease that affects the central nervous system, but did you know it is estimated that there are nearly 1 million people living with MS in the US? Scientists do not know what causes MS. It is commonly thought that there may be a combination of both genetic and environmental factors that create a higher risk of developing MS. The specifics of each person’s battle with MS varies without any real ability to make predictions. It is a disease that seems to be more common in women than men and it is most often diagnosed between the ages of 20-50.
Treatment begins with diagnosis. There isn’t a cure for MS, but there are some common strategies to slow the progression or modify the disease. It is important to have a comprehensive approach to treatment and typically the neurologist leads the team. It is important to maintain a good working relationship with your primary care physician and stay current with all age-related health screenings. Currently, there are many medications approved by the FDA to help treat MS, both on a level to treat and prevent the severity of progression and relapses of symptoms. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers a great place to start looking for information, https://www.nationalmssociety.org.
When there is a flare-up of MS symptoms, Affinity Home Care can help MS patients function easier. We have the ability to send physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists to your home to facilitate rehabilitation. We can assess and address any issues with mobility, accessibility, speech and swallowing or any memory or other cognitive functions. We work closely with your doctors with open communication and facilitation of their specific medical orders. Rehabilitation is an important aspect of the team approach to treating MS at all stages of the disease. The goal is to continue to live well on a daily basis.
If MS has progressed to a point where a home caregiver is needed, Affinity has trained, quality caregivers available to assist with activities of daily living such as dressing, showering, personal care, and meal assistance. Food and nutrition are key factors in anyone’s overall health. Affinity can help with grocery shopping, meal preparation, and basic cleaning. We also help with transportation to doctor appointments and medication reminders. It is important to reduce stress. Having in-home assistance can help people relax knowing that their day to day living can be easier.
Contact Affinity today to schedule an assessment and to create a personalized plan to assist you or a family member.