Raising awareness for multiple sclerosis helps to educate individuals about this disease, advocate for further research and support those affected. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system and has been diagnosed in millions of people worldwide. With MS, the protective insulation that surrounds the nerve fibers in the brain and spine becomes inflamed. When this insulation deteriorates, the nerve fibers are exposed and susceptible to damage. Hardened tissue replaces this insulation and can be found in various places throughout the central nervous system. As a result, communication between the brain and the body is disrupted.
Living with MS poses daily challenges, though symptoms range in severity depending on the amount of nerve damage and nerves affected. Signs may include numbness and tingling, fatigue, vision problems, spasms, dizziness or loss of balance, issues with bladder or bowel function, impaired speech, and coordination issues. Symptoms may be chronic, mild or may not be felt for periods of time. It can take time to diagnose someone with MS since these symptoms are often present in various other conditions, so a combination of tests may be required.
If symptoms are making daily, independent living difficult, it can be helpful to have a trusted, reliable caregiver nearby. Some may turn to family while others seek in-home care services. Our Aqua Home Care team has years of experience matching care professionals with individuals in need of support. For those seeking in-home care services, we make it our priority to select caregivers based on personal needs and personality. A highly-trained, experienced, compassionate caregiver from our registry brings quality care and service right to their client’s door. Service options include:
- Mobility assistance
- Meal preparation/feeding
- Assistance using the facilities
- Medication reminders
- Heavy housecleaning
- Personal grooming and hygiene
- And much more
March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and members of the health community, educational facilities and families may be seen hosting events, planning fundraisers and raising awareness in order to spread updated information and continue with new research. While there is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis, medications and therapies can help. MS is a lifelong condition with symptoms that range in severity, affecting each person differently. Raising awareness for this disease helps shed more light on its existence, spread knowledge and gain support for continued studies and trials. Knowing the signs of MS can also help individuals advocate for themselves or for a loved one who may not yet be diagnosed. Here at Aqua Home Care, we encourage those experiencing concerning symptoms to speak with their doctor. Signs of MS can be similar to those seen in other conditions, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis. If daily living assistance is required, our Aqua Home Care team is here with trusted resources to ensure quality care at home.