Disease Specific Care Solutions
Casa Companion Homecare Solutions’ Home Care Aides offer assistance at every level of care: hourly care, daily care, live-in care, overnight care, 24/7 care and respite care. Whether you need just a little bit of extra assistance at home or complete 24-hour care, we can customize a care plan for you through one of our caring and compassionate Home Care Aides. In particular, our Home Care Aides are able to assist family caregivers with later stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s care in a loving home environment.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive dementia that affects memory, behavior, and cognitive thinking. Alzheimer’s patients require help with the activities of daily living and constant supervision, making home care aides a vital source of respite care to patients and their caregivers. Patients with moderate to severe dementia typically require special care, and their needs can range from management of difficult behavior, to requiring help with the basic activities of daily living, to 24/7 supervision. Alzheimer’s makes fundamental changes to the brain, affecting not just memory but cognition, mood, and sleep patterns. Caregivers can often find it difficult to find the time to perform vital self-care such as medical visits, recreation and even getting a good night’s sleep. Without help, Alzheimer’s caregivers can pay a high emotional, physical and financial toll. Casa Home Care Aide services offer a vital break away from the demands of caregiving, and are available for varying lengths of time—daytime hours, overnight, a weekend, even for a week or longer.
Fighting cancer is exhausting, and radiation and chemotherapy take a harsh toll. While you fight, we can make sure your self-care gets the same level of attention. Healthy food, a clean, peaceful home, and happy pets all nurture healing. A Casa Home Care Aide can make the treatment and healing process as stress-free as possible so that the business of recovery is all the patient needs to focus on. Casa Home Care Aides can help with physical needs like bathing, toileting, dressing and grooming, for example. Or, they can prepare nutritious and tempting meals to combat nausea and anemia, or do the laundry and tidying to make sure the environment is welcoming. Home Care Aides will even care for pets, whose love and warmth are known to aid the healing process. And of course, they will go to medical appointments, pick up prescriptions, and make sure medications are taken on time. A Casa Home Care Aide can take care of all the aspects of self-care that fatigue, nausea and dizziness can prevent the patient from doing themselves.
Strokes occur unexpectedly and leave physical and emotional changes in their wake. Rehabilitation may require speech, physical or occupational therapy to resume daily activities. During recovery, a Home Care Aide offers crucial support to patients and caregivers. Homecare is a vital resource for the stroke patient’s family, since the level and duration of care each patient requires can change, and keeping the patient in a familiar environment can facilitate recovery. Only 10% of stroke victims are so impaired that they require care in a nursing home, so the large majority of recovered and recovering stroke patients can recuperate in their own homes with the assistance of a customized homecare plan. Casa Home Care Aides are available on an hourly, daily, overnight and live-in basis, with other options that depend on the needs of the caregivers and the patients, giving peace-of-mind to those living with the after-effects of a stroke.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that slowly impacts the nervous system and impairs movement. The early symptoms of Parkinson’s can be subtle, such as stiff or slow movement, or the most notorious, a small tremor in the hand. Gradually, the patient’s range of facial expression declines, speech slurs, and they stop making automatic movements like blinking, smiling and moving the arms when walking. In addition, Parkinson’s sufferers can also develop dementia, depression, trouble sleeping, problems swallowing, and difficulties eliminating. Parkinson’s disease progresses at its own pace, but self-sufficiency and the routine of daily life can be maintained with the assistance of a caregiver. With the help of a Casa Home Care Aide, on an hourly, daily, overnight, respite or 24/7 basis, caregivers can adapt to the course of their loved one’s Parkinson’s disease, and all the changes that develop.
The consequences of failing to diabetes are serious, and sometimes permanent. Proper nutrition, daily exercise, and regular testing will keep diabetics on track and home care makes achieving these needs ‘job one’. The complications from diabetes can be dire, affecting the health and function of the limbs, heart, organs and brain, so a Casa Home Care Aide can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Those with mobility issues may have difficulty obtaining the components of the special diet necessary to support their metabolism, or standing in the kitchen long enough to prepare it throughout the day. Patients dealing with other medical issues may find remembering to take insulin or test blood-sugar difficult to impossible. Developing and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is the surest way to avoiding any negative consequences of living with diabetes. Homecare supports diabetics by helping to plan nutritious meals, shopping, and preparing the food at the right intervals to maintain blood sugar levels. A Casa Home Care Aide can facilitate the regular exercise that is one key to controlling blood sugar, and of course stay on top of the strict medication and testing schedule.
Recovering from a heart attack or treating a heart condition often requires transformation, forming new habits and giving up old ones. After arthritis and back pain, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of disability in the United States, and after medication, doctors often prescribe radical diet changes, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol to heart attack survivors. Managing stress, changing eating and exercise habits, and taking medication regularly are crucial to preventing a second heart attack or progression of heart disease. Reducing high cholesterol and high blood pressure are also part of a post-attack regimen. Caregivers can find it difficult to work with loved ones to change so many life habits all at once. A Home Care Aide can help build a new heart-healthy lifestyle. Working with a Casa Home Care Aide on an hourly, daily, overnight, respite or even 24/7 basis depending on the severity of the illness can ease the recovery process and preserve family harmony.
ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease that slowly destroys the nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement. As these nerve cells gradually deteriorate, the muscles that control walking, talking, and chewing get weaker. Initial signs of ALS can be subtle, such as tripping and falling often, hand weakness or clumsiness, and muscle cramps and twitching in the arms. As the degeneration and nerve cell death progress, patients gradually lose their power to speak, eat, move and even breathe on their own. Physical, speech and occupational therapy, along with medication, can help an ALS patient maintain all possible autonomy and mobility. Casa Home Care Aides can help patients and caregivers follow the therapeutic plans at home, assist with daily care, and provide a respite for the family caregiver. Casa Companion Home Care Aides offer caregiving at every level of this progressive disease, on an hourly, daily, overnight, respite or 24/7 basis.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves at a variable rate. Symptoms increase in severity as the disease progresses, but MS patients most commonly experience fatigue, difficulty walking, impaired vision, vertigo, and muscle weakness. As the disease evolves, people with MS can have trouble speaking, swallowing, hearing or breathing. Along with the physical obstacles, MS patients can also suffer from depression, mood swings and cognitive issues. The disease doesn’t always develop linearly, and often symptoms can flare up and weaken in erratic cycles. Unpredictable symptoms and changing levels of independence can make caregiving even more intense and consuming. Just two decades ago, MS was an untreatable disease, but symptoms can be managed successfully when doctors, caregivers and home care aides work together as a team. Casa Home Care Aides can provide experienced caregiving on an hourly, daily, overnight, respite or 24/7 basis, helping caregivers and loved ones adapt to multiple sclerosis as it evolves.