For many years, cerebral palsy, or CP, was thought to be a condition that only impacted children. However, thanks to modern medical advancements, there are more adults than ever living well into their senior years with cerebral palsy. To keep up with these recent medical advancements, we need to make sure that seniors living with cerebral palsy are able to get the ongoing care and support that they need to live the best life possible.
Here at Care Indeed, we understand that there are unique challenges that come with senior care for those with cerebral palsy, and we are dedicated to making sure elderly adults can get that care with our specialized care services.
Why Specialized Care for Seniors With Cerebral Palsy?
When it comes to senior care, one of the most important things to remember is that their care should be personalized to fit their needs. Whether individuals are dealing with dementia, cerebral palsy, or just need a little extra help with cooking and cleaning during the day, care should be personalized.
When caring for older adults with CP, there are a few specific areas that seniors tend to need help with, including the following:
Many seniors with cerebral palsy have difficultly with bone deformities and muscle abnormalities, which can limit their mobility. Seniors with CP who are still able to walk often struggle with falls both inside and outside of the home. Falls are the primary reason that seniors end up in the emergency room, and CP can only increase these chances. There are also many seniors with cerebral palsy who have lost the ability to walk altogether and need to use scooters or wheelchairs to get around.
Specialized care providers can provide seniors with the necessary care they need to prevent falls and injuries and to help with everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, and moving safely around their home.
Help With Eating and Swallowing
Seniors with CP are likely to develop swallowing issues such as dysphagia. Since CP impacts the central nervous system and certain motor functions, some seniors will struggle to eat certain foods or may need pureed foods to eat safely. With the help of a dedicated care provider, seniors can get the support they need to prevent issues with dehydration, malnutrition, and other safety concerns that may accompany eating.
Assistance With Activities of Daily Living
Older adults with CP are actually at a higher risk of developing arthritis due to the musculoskeletal abnormalities that are common with this disease. Many seniors have limited strength and restricted movements as a result of their condition. Care providers can help seniors stay active to delay the development of arthritis and provide assistance with everyday actions that may be a challenge to those with severe arthritis.
Offering Emotional and Physical Support and Care
Living with CP can come with a number of challenges for seniors. A home care provider can offer emotional support, companionship, and physical assistance with everyday tasks that may otherwise be challenging. The goal of specialized senior care providers is to understand the challenges that will come with this condition so that individuals no longer need to worry about the difficulties that plague their everyday lives and can instead focus on enjoying their best life possible.
Getting Started With Specialized Senior Care for Cerebral Palsy
With a specialized care provider, any senior living with cerebral palsy can get that extra support they need to live safely and comfortably in their own home, nursing home, or assisted living community. We understand the unique type of care that individuals living with this disease need.
Whether a senior needs short-term or long-term skilled assistance, this type of one-on-one condition-specific care can help improve any senior’s quality of life. While there is currently no cure for cerebral palsy, ongoing care can help seniors manage the symptoms of this disease so that they can live the happiest, healthiest, and most independent life possible.
Care Indeed is committed to providing you and your family with the support and specialized care that you need to help your loved one enjoy the best quality of life possible. We understand your challenges and what it takes to help seniors with cerebral palsy thrive.
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