Caring for people with ALS (otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), especially as the disease becomes more advanced, requires above average attention to detail and competence. With our educated caregiver model, a care manager assigned to each client, and nurse delegated staff, ALS is naturally one of our specialties.
Husky Senior Care Services Related to ALS
We will sit down with you and develop a Plan of Care that serves you now and will evolve as your needs evolve. The home care schedule may start small with one short daily shift and will eventually expand to 24/7 live-in care with nurse delegation. Some of the services that we typically provide in this situation are:
- Medication reminder and ordering assistance
- Meal planning and preparation, with special attention to swallowing issues
- Bathing, dressing, toileting and grooming assistance
- Assistance with adaptive aids to promote independence
- Fall Risk assistance and transfers, including special lifts (Hoyer, Sit to Stand, etc.)
- Assistance with Range of Motion and other mobility exercises
- Nurse Delegated services to assist with secretions and respiration (CPAP, BiPAP, Trach)
- Weekly Reports to family covering the highs, lows, and changes in condition
We will also set up a 3-Ring Daily Log Binder in the home to improve the communication between our caregivers, visiting family, visiting nurses, and occupational and physical therapists. Our Weekly Report online system is also invaluable for keeping loved ones up to date.
Our clients with ALS typically get our most experienced Certified Nursing Assistants along with extensive case management by one of our Care Managers. A team of two caregivers is used for 24/7 live-in care, one lives in for 4 days, the other for 3 days. They also back each other up for vacation, sick leave, and other absences. The relationships that form allow for meaningful companionship. They will get to know the client's preferred routine and improve upon it. The Care Manager provides an extra layer of back up.
With live-in care, the caregiver lives, eats, and sleeps right in the home. The fact that there is a sleeping component to the live-in care brings down the cost per hour considerably. Visit our Services and Fees page to learn about the costs of live-in care. The cost of live-in care is typically around $2500 more per month than a nursing home. Many seniors find it worth every penny to stay home. Once the disease becomes advanced, nurse delegation is required for many tasks, which will add 10% to the regular rates.