“The caregiver treats my mother like she was her own mother”
-Julie, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
For those facing a neuromuscular disorder or degenerative disease, comfort and dignity are top concerns. There’s no place like home during such challenging homes. Home offers privacy and familiarity. However, the effects of degenerative diseases can make it unsafe or impossible to live at home independently.
Home care services can support individuals living with disorders such as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. Though non-medical, home care includes a variety of services that assist individuals with everyday living activities.
Common Services For Those with Degenerative Disorders
When degenerative diseases affect a person’s ability to move safely on their own or impair the movement of particular body parts everyday necessities can become impossible to complete independently. Help with personal care activities can allow individuals to live at home anyway:
- Ambulation assistance
- Bathing and personal hygiene
- Personal grooming
- Assistance to appointments
- Grocery shopping
- Fall prevention and sitter services
With a caregiver’s assistance, activities like these no longer have to impede a person with a degenerative disease from living at home. Despite physical limitations, enjoying the comforts of home is possible.
About Common Degenerative Disorders
Home care services are often helpful for individuals with degenerative disorders like these:
A disease that affects the nervous system, Parkinson’s often affects individuals’ ability to be physically active. It can cause imbalance and lead to cognitive impairment. Specially trained caregivers can offer assistance physically and with memory-related issues like medication reminders.
After a stroke, people often experience physical and cognitive impairments. Some lose the ability to move a particular limb, others may struggle with memory or speech. The recovery process takes time and a caregiver offers support throughout.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Affecting the central nervous system, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can cause a variety of symptoms. The disease can be disabling, including limiting a person’s ability to walk or complete basic daily tasks. With the support of a caregiver, a person living with MS can get around safely and have homemaking tasks covered.
Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
Progressive and challenging, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) causes muscles to weaken, eventually leading to the inability to breathe, eat, or move independently. Caregivers offer emotional support and physical assistance with transfers, ambulation, personal care, and more throughout the course of this difficult disease
Keeping All the Family Involved
We make keeping in touch with your loved one’s care easy for you, even if you live far away. Each of our clients’ care is assigned to their own personal Client Care Manager who will work together with clients and families on schedules and changes to the care plan. The Care Manager will take care of the day-to-day details and make sure that things don’t fall through the cracks. We also provide a variety of ways to stay in touch based on your personal preference. Some families like emails and texts, others like a quick phone call. We also offer a family room portal that gives you a high tech way to stay in touch. Whatever your choice, you will have personal attention given to provide the best care possible!
How to Get Started
Our Caregivers Come From Diverse Backgrounds
“What really drew me to Cherished Companions was the people centered mindset. The clients are more than just numbers, they’re people. That fit very well with what I wanted out of a career. I can get to know my clients and they feel like friends and family. Every person is different and I enjoy getting to know them on a personal level and doing all I can to make them happy as well as healthy.”
-Hannah, Cherished Companion since 2012
Why Choose Cherished Companions?
“Cherished Companions has made this new phase in our lives much easier. They have given us the support we needed to remain at home.”
- Lois and Edna, retired couple
“They are a very personal and caring company. Their caregivers are so warm, like they are part of the family.”
- Linda, a beloved long-term client
"I am forever grateful for the service Cherished Companions provides. They gave our family peace of mind because we knew dad was safe and being well cared for. They made what seemed impossible at the time, possible."
- Paula, daughter of a retired U.S. Veteran
Home care with heart
You’re not in this alone. We are here to support your needs and provide resources.
Guide to Home Care
We know that your loved one’s heart is at home. Remaining independent may have become a little challenging, and that’s where home care can help. In this guide, we are going to share with you the complete ins and outs of home care.
Ways to Pay For Home Care
We understand you may have questions about how to pay for home care services. This helpful guide covers the various financial options you have that can include long-term care insurance, reverse mortgages, home care loans, Medicaid and Medicare programs.
Guide to Becoming a Caregiver
Caregiving is a rewarding profession that provides assistance and support to aging adults, disabled persons or those in recovery who are in need of physical, practical, emotional and sometimes medical assistance. This guide can help you discover if caregiving is right for you.
Did You Know?
The Cherished Companions Institute has been involved with studies on dementia to help develop tools to aid with the difficulties of Alzheimers.