Those with Huntington’s and their families need a lot of support throughout different stages of living with the disease. As time progresses, symptoms and requirements change and often individuals need different types of care to support them in their own homes.
What is Huntington’s disease?
Huntington’s disease is a condition that causes parts of the brain to stop working overtime. It is usually inherited from a parent due to a faulty or damaged gene and can gradually worsen as time progresses. There are however a number of ways in which individuals can continue to live well and maintain their independence in their own homes, with the support from our Care Specialists.
Difficulties with mobility
Clumsiness or unsteadiness
Personality changes including mood swings or fidgeting
Problems with swallowing, speech or breathing
Symptoms of Huntington’s disease vary from person to person, but most commonly can include:
Our Care Specialists at Bridgewater Home Care are expertly trained to provide care for those with life-limiting conditions, tailoring services to the needs and abilities of the individual.
Often individuals with Huntington’s disease and their families can find adapting to the changes challenging, not knowing how best to react to the affects of the condition. We provide ongoing emotional support to both client and family members, being there every step of the way to help families cope with the impacts Huntington’s can have on everyday life.
We also provide extensive physical support around the home, helping with anything from light housekeeping to personal care, and everything in between. For most people with the disease, mobility can deteriorate, and symptoms can often include uncontrollable movements. This can make carrying out daily household tasks particularly challenging. There are a number of ways a dedicated Bridgewater Care Specialist can help your loved one at home, taking away the stresses of everyday chores.
Cleaning, hoovering, sanitising surfaces, making the bed, tidying up. Our Care Specialists can provide essential housekeeping help to maintain a clean, comfortable living space.
Making sure bedding and clothes are washed, dried and put away, changing bed linen and helping organise any dry cleaning.
Helping to plan, prepare and cook delicious and nutritious meals so your loved one is receiving the right nutrients and hydration.
Should your loved one live with a furry companion, our Care Specialists can help to take care of pets, arranging vet visits, helping with feeding and watering, and cleaning beds or enclosures.
Collecting prescriptions, help with the food shopping or escorting to any appointments in the local area.
As Huntington’s disease can have a severe impact on a person’s mobility, we can advise on practical aids around the home that can help improve independence during the times we aren’t there. These can include simple aids and devices, such as tools to help in the kitchen, or more permanent adaptations to the home including handrails and specialist equipment.
Something we focus huge importance on at Bridgewater Home Care is the wellbeing of clients, helping them to live well, their way. We believe that living with a complex condition shouldn’t stop individuals from leading a fulfilling life and with the help of our Care Specialists we encourage those we support to continue any interests, hobbies or pastime that bring them enjoyment. We also can help to support a loved one with making healthy lifestyle choices, including healthy diet and light mobility exercises.
Find your Bridgewater Home Care companion
If you are interested in the services that Bridgewater Home Care can offer then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01942 215 888, our friendly and professional team will be delighted to assist.