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There are many reasons why a family of an aging individual may not wish to choose home care. But, many of these reasons don’t actually call to mandatory leave the home. Degenerative disorders may be a cause for concern for a family considering care options for a loved one. But, it is possible to find a home caregiver who can meet the needs of your loved one ailed with a degenerative condition. With the referral service provided by Florida First Senior Home Care, you can be confident that you’ll be referred a caregiver who can meet the needs of your loved one. Even if those needs are caring for a degenerative disorder.

What is a Degenerative Disorder?

Degenerative Disorder Care -- Florida First Senior Home CareTechnically, degenerative disorders are conditions which worsen over time. Most of the time, these conditions cannot be cured. So, when diagnosed with one of these conditions, individuals and their families know that they are in for a life of adapting to progressive symptoms. Degenerative disorders are a result of a number of things including attack of the nervous system, bones, heart, or blood vessels.

Types of Degenerative Disorders Which Caregivers May Address

Osteoporosis: This degenerative disorder is one which affects bone density. It’s actually very commonly diagnosed, especially in women. In fact, almost 20% of the female population over the age of 50 will be diagnosed with this degenerative disorder. Symptoms of this condition may include frequent fractures, pain, reduction in height, trouble with movement, and impaired posture. Individuals who have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis may need help with getting frequent exercise as it is proven to reduce the effects of symptoms. And, they need to implement a healthy diet which is rich in calcium. Finally, prescribed treatment can help these individuals to slow the progression of the condition. All of these needs may be met by a referred in-home caregiver.

Multiple Sclerosis: This condition, otherwise referred to as MS, is one of the degenerative disorders which affect the central nervous system. It’s completely unpredictable, meaning that anyone can be diagnosed regardless of age, sex, and ethnicity. It’s believed that because MS affects the central nervous system, it also affects how information is sent from this system to the brain. And, from the brain to the rest of the body’s systems. As a result, individuals diagnosed develop motor skill problems which can eventually lead to the inability to walk by oneself or even perform daily tasks. In-home caregivers may help individuals diagnosed with MS with bathing, transportation, medication reminders, walking, dressing, and anything else they may not otherwise be able to do with ease on their own.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease: This condition, otherwise referred to as ALS, is another degenerative disorder characterized by how it affects the central nervous system. With this condition, the brain doesn’t send the necessary signals required to perform proper muscle function. This results in lack of movement for those diagnosed. So, those living with ALS need help around the home to perform daily tasks. And, in-home caretakers may be able to help perform any or all of these tasks.

Parkinson’s Disease (PD): Another degenerative disorder which affects the nervous system, this disease is known for affecting the area of the brain which produces dopamine. This can result in a lack of fluid movement and even tremors for many diagnosed. While this condition is generally characterized as a disease which affects the elderly, in fact, onset PD can be diagnosed to individuals younger than even 20. Those with progressed PD will likely need help performing daily tasks and activities, which may be met by the care of an in-home caregiver referred by Florida First Senior Home Care.