Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month: Educate, Advocate, Support

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month, and its during this time that we draw close attention to this disease through educating, advocating and showing support. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, and it has been diagnosed in millions of people worldwide. MS causes inflammation to the protective insulation that surrounds the nerve fibers in the brain and spine. As this insulation deteriorates, the nerve fibers become exposed and, therefore, susceptible to damage. Hardened tissue replaces this insulation, and it 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 the nerves affected. Symptoms may be chronic, mild or may not be felt for periods of time. A diagnosis of MS isn’t always immediate as its symptoms are often present in various other conditions, so a combination of tests may be required. Signs of MS may include:

  • Numbness and tingling
  • Fatigue
  • Vision problems
  • Spasms
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Issues with bladder or bowel function
  • Impaired speech
  • Impaired coordination

When symptoms pose challenges to independent living, it can be helpful to have a trusted, reliable caregiver nearby. Our Aqua Home Care team has years of experience matching care professionals with individuals in need of a wide range of support for activities of daily living. For those with multiple sclerosis, highly-trained, skilled, compassionate caregivers from our registry provide quality services right at home. Care options include:

  • Mobility assistance
  • Meal preparation/feeding
  • Assistance using the facilities
  • Medication reminders
  • Heavy housecleaning
  • Transportation
  • Personal grooming and hygiene
  • Dressing
  • Supervision
  • Companionship
  • And much more

Over the next few weeks 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. 

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