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Neuromuscular Disorders: Treatment and Management

Highly-personalised care from a dedicated, professional and consistent team.

Types of Neuromuscular Disorders

Neuromuscular disorders are conditions which affect the nerves that pass from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles.  They also affect the muscles themselves, and the complex neuromuscular junction between each nerve and muscle (myasthenic conditions).

There are many variations of neuromuscular disorders, most of which require some level of homecare and support. Neuromuscular conditions are complex because they can affect both motor skills and cognition. 

The types of neuromuscular disorders that our CareGivers can support include:

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Spinal and Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Specialist care requirements may vary between different conditions and from person to person. That’s why we define personalised care plans for each individual, whatever their neuromuscular condition may be.

Get in touch with your local Right at Home office to see if our homecare services can help you.

Many of our Clients and their loved ones rely on our MD or MS home care. Here’s what just one Client had to say about our service:

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"The care and support my son receives is excellent. He always looks forward to his carer coming to take him out and we can relax knowing he will be taken care of. We have no hesitation recommending this company from our experience."

Pauline N | Mother of Client

Our specialist care services for neuromuscular disorders

Whether you’re looking for home care for MS patients or home care for muscular dystrophy, Right at Home can help. Amongst our specialist homecare services, we offer:

  • Safety supervision
  • Support getting dressed
  • Personal care and grooming
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry services
  • Medication reminders
  • Mental stimulation
  • Transport assistance

We have a team of highly committed CareGivers who are able to offer support for those with muscle wasting conditions. We are experienced using specialist equipment that may be needed as part of an MD home care routine. Our services also incorporate specialist options for multiple sclerosis in-home care, and other common neuromuscular conditions.

For those who may need extra assistance, we also offer full time, live-in care. Respite care also proves invaluable for family carers to take a break from supporting their loved ones.

Get in touch with your local Right at Home office to discuss your personal care needs.

FAQs about our homecare for neuromuscular disorders

What causes neuromuscular disorders?

Many, but not all, neuromuscular disorders are inherited or caused by a gene mutation. For various reasons, an affected individual might have no family history of a similar condition.

Neuromuscular conditions may stem from autoimmune or hormonal disorders, or even a viral infection. But, in many cases, unknown factors can play a big part in leading to a condition. 

Whatever the cause, the important thing is to find manageable ways to adjust to the various symptoms and effects. Our specialist CareGivers can help.

What are common symptoms of neuromuscular disorders?

We understand that neuromuscular conditions can have a varied

We understand that neuromuscular conditions can have a varied impact on the lives of our Clients. Symptoms and effects of neuromuscular disorders are not always consistent.

However, some common MS symptoms and effects associated with other neuromuscular diseases can include:

  • Muscle wastage
  • Muscular weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscular spasticity
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing

These symptoms can make it difficult for people with MS, or those living with muscular dystrophy to live independent lives. That’s why our homecare services focus on physical support and help with neuromuscular disorders management. Our CareGivers also provide invaluable emotional support for Clients facing some challenging symptoms.

What is the treatment for neuromuscular disorders?

For many neuromuscular disorders, progressive muscle weakness is an unavoidable symptom of the condition. In these cases, there is no specific cure. However, ongoing physical therapy can reduce (and even reverse) some of the impacts of MS, MD and other disorders.

Our team of specialist homecare providers will define a care plan to suit your treatment regime. With input from healthcare professionals, we support our Clients through ongoing treatment, adjusting the level of care we provide accordingly.

How can exercise improve neuromuscular connections?

For certain neuromuscular disorders, physiotherapy and exercise can play an important role in preventing muscle wastage and reducing pain. 

Our team of CareGivers can help you or your loved one with transport to appointments and physical therapy sessions.

Neuromuscular Information and Resources

  • Most neuromuscular disorders cause weakness and it can sometimes be very difficult to identify the precise cause of the problem.
  • The range of Neuromuscular diseases includes muscular dystrophies. In some cases these are severe and limit life expectancy, others are relatively mild.
  • For more information visit the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and the MS Society websites.

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