FC CAREPARTNERS are
dependable, compassionate, and dynamic. As motivated professionals, they enter our program with the goal of becoming life long learners in the field of home health care.
fC ALS Living Assistance
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that currently affects 20,000 to 30,000 thousand Americans.
ALS is a neurological disease that attacks the body's nerve cells, or neurons, responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (muscle action we are able to control, such as those in the arms, legs, and face). The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration of motor neurons.
When a family is facing a new diagnosis of ALS, it is important to research and learn as much as possible about the disease. With ALS, knowledge is power. As you read more and begin to understand the ways in which you can prepare for symptoms, suddenly you're in control once again. Creativity and innovation are our most important tools as we fight to keep your loved one independent through all impending physical transitions. After an ALS diagnosis you are never alone; you have family, friends, medical professionals, occupational therapists, and FamilyCARES! to rely on when you need support at home. You can expect existing relationships to strengthen and new ones to blossom.
At FamilyCARES! we continue to be inspired by our clients living with ALS. Our goal is to support our client as a person living with ALS rather than an ALS client. Everyone in our family understands that ALS gradually inhibits voluntary muscle use but does not affect mental capacity. ALS is the physical challenge, and we are honored to provide you with the support you need. Although there is currently no cure for ALS, we continue to master new techniques that help your loved one remain as independent as possible throughout the progression of this trying disease.
We have a select group of CAREPARTNERS that specialize in supporting our clients with ALS. At fC, every ALS certified CAREPARTNER is also a certified nursing assistant (CNA). We feel that it is vitally important that our care professionals understand as much about ALS as possible in order to appropriately and confidently support your loved one. fC CAREPARTNERS must pass an ALS exam in order to be considered for a FamilyMATCH with your loved one.
In the early stages of ALS, our CAREPARTNERS are present to provide mental support, complete household chores, and to ensure your loved remains safe at all times. As the disease progresses our confident family of care professionals is present to provide support for activities of daily living. It is our job to make things physically easier for your loved one so that they can enjoy the things in life that really matter!
Tha ALS Association along with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, have information on their websites to help you learn more about ALS. We recommend traveling to these sites and reading further. If you need ALS specific services, have questions, or would like someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to call Paul, the founding director of FamilyCARES!.
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