Multiple Sclerosis

A diagnosis with MS doesn’t have to stop you, or a loved one, continuing to live the lifestyle you want. With an award winning compassionate care company to provide one to one support, our clients with MS can live fulfilling independent lives, and remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.

 

MS Home care Live in care

Older adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) are living with a health condition that comes with a lot of uncertainty and change. That can make life very challenging for them as well as their loved ones.

We have access to the very best advice from our team of highly-respected in-house medical professionals, so if specialist care is needed, we make sure your loved one receives the very best.

We believe that it’s important to maintain your independence and focus your time on the little things that make you happy and we’ll do everything we can to allow you to do so.

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How Live-in Care Helps People with MS

 

What is MS? 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is an autoimmune disease that damages the protective myelin sheath of nerves. As MS progresses, the myelin sheath starts to break down and problems happen with the signals. Nerve fibers become damaged and die off, lesions can grow on the brain, and spinal cord and bodily functions are affected.

The chronic condition can make daily tasks like walking difficult. Common symptoms that MS clients struggle with daily include fatigue, pain, and cognitive changes. However, with the right support, they can live long, independent and fruitful lives.

Around 130,000 people a year are affected by MS across the UK – Research suggests the proportion of women with MS is increasing and that roughly between two and three women have MS for every man with the condition. 150 years after the condition was first recognised, the cause of multiple sclerosis remains a mystery. There seems to be no one single cause, but there are several risk factors that make MS more likely to occur.

Living well with MS

Depending on the type of MS you have, it is possible to live a normal, largely symptom-free life for many years. There is no cure for MS, so it’s essential to adopt positive lifestyle habits to help slow the speed of the disease’s progression.

Here are our tips for making life with MS easier:

  • Eat a healthy diet: MS is an autoimmune disease, meaning levels of inflammation within the body are relatively high. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps to mitigate this and prevent other health complications, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for people with MS. Regular exercise that strengthens your pelvic muscles gives you better control over your bowel and bladder. Regularly taking part in activities you enjoy helps reduce fatigue and improve your mood.
  • Focus your energies on the things that are most important to you: When energy is limited and life’s challenges seem to create endless hurdles, it is helpful to prioritise the ways you spend your energy – both physical and emotional – and time. Focusing your energies on the things that are most important to you, and most in line with your goals and personal values, is part of staying on you’re a positive path.
  • Engage in mentally stimulating activities: Like exercise for the body, mental stimulation helps the mind stay active, alert and engaged even in the face of ageing or changes caused by MS.
  • Focus on the positive: Happiness allows us to thrive, solve the problems we confront in our lives and maintain a strong sense of hope. Like other aspects of wellness, emotional well-being can be nurtured and enhanced, even in the face of changes and challenges.
  • Customise your home: Although it might seem expensive at first, adding mobility aids in your home will help you move around more easily and reduce the chance of falls.

When to consider specialist live-in care?

People with MS can live normal lives for several years before the disease causes a level of disability that requires specialist live-in home care.

It may be time to consider liver-in care if you’re experiencing:

  • Consistent bouts of incontinence
  • Pain that makes it impossible to carry out daily tasks
  • Trouble balancing, standing and walking
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing food
  • Problems with memory loss, fatigue and brain fog

The benefits of live-in MS carers

A live-in carer will help you or loved one with daily tasks and give you back your independence.

Daily tasks that your carer will help you with are:

  • Personal hygiene (showering, brushing teeth) and grooming (getting dressed, styling hair etc.)
  • Making sure you’re taking your medicine correctly
  • Household chores like light cleaning, cooking and caring for pets
  • Grocery shopping, pharmacy collections and other errands
  • Daily walks and outings

“99% of live-in clients say the care they receive helps them have a better quality of life.” Live-In Care Hub’s new quality of life study

There are many benefits to live-in care for MS clients, including:

  • Enabling a person to stay in their own home
  • Enabling a person to stay with their beloved pet (they often have to be separated when moving into an elderly care home)
  • Enabling a person to stay with their loved one (again, they have to be separated when moving into a care home)
  • Avoiding loneliness and poor nutrition because of the high amount of 1-to-1 care
  • A qualified professional can monitor your condition.
  • A companion who can provide moral support and take you to and from medical appointments
  • Someone to help you facilitate your social life and help you stay an active part of your community
  • You can have a trained carer to look out for any hazards or health reasons that may cause a fall. This will help to reduce the risk of injury.

Searching for a suitable live in home care provider can be time-consuming and stressful, as you’ll want to make sure you choose the right carer, with the right experience.

We are passionate about live in care. Our initial assessments and discussions with family mean that we can get the level of care just right. Our carers are chosen for their kind, compassionate nature as well as for their skills and experience.

If you’d like to discuss your situation, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us for a free, no obligation discussion.

Useful information

If you or your relative has been diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis (MS), you need to know what to expect. Get the answers to all of your questions so that you can make informed decisions about diagnosis, treatment, therapies and care support available.

NHS – Causes of Multiple sclerosis

MS Society – Treatments and Therapies 

MS Helpline

Choosing the right care 

MS and your rights

Do you need to arrange specialist care for a loved one

Having a dedicated carer solely focused on your relative’s needs provides added flexibility, as the carer works around their routine and preferences.  A carer providing one to one care is proven to improve health and wellbeing for people living at home,  compared to those living in a care home.

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Although there is no cure for MS, we can see a future where people can live free from its effects and not worry about their MS getting worse. MS Society

It can be hard to make that first phone call to us, but there really is no obligation, and we are more than happy to talk through the different options with you so you can make an informed decision.

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MS research is ready and so are we. #Team Stop MS is for anyone and everyone. Because only together, will we stop MS.

Ashridge Home Care is run by super people who are caring, thoughtful about needs, courteous and respectful. The two carers we have worked with are themselves delightful people who have made a huge difference to our father’s life. Both are calm, warm, helpful people who do not patronise and have provided our father with excellent care and company.

Katie W (Daughter of Client) 

 

Ashridge provided an emergency placement for me when I needed a live-in carer on 24hrs notice. This was a godsend to me as my mother had advanced Alzheimer’s and my Dad had been rushed into hospital. I really appreciated the professional approach from all the staff I dealt with and felt very supported. Ashridge found me a first class carer who was able to provide wonderful live-in care for both my parents allowing them to spend a few more months together in their home of 35 years. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ashridge and live-in care.

Here to help

Choosing live-in care is a huge decision and not something that you should take lightly.

Some of these conversations can be tricky and it’s our job to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.

We are more than happy to visit you and your family at home to discuss your situation and consider the options available to you.




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