Downey In-Home ALS Care: Lou Gehrig’s Disease through the Eyes of a Sufferer

Happy newsAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of voluntary control over the muscles.  What this means for daily life is total dependence upon others for simple tasks like feeding, bathing, oral hygiene and toileting care.  Common among Caucasians, non-Hispanics, and seniors over age 60, ALS is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases around the world, and according to the National ALS Registry, more than 12,000 Americans have been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  A-1 Home Care in Downey shares an excerpt from a blogger who has ALS:

“What I Miss before ALS”

I miss my independence.  I miss having the ability to jump in the car and go.  I could just go visit someone, get something to eat, hit up the mall.  Even if I didn’t want to go anywhere, which wasn’t uncommon, the fact remained that I could.  It was an option and in my control…Now my husband makes calls for me.  I appreciate it so much, but it makes me feel useless, helpless…searching for the right descriptive word.  It can also be just plain embarrassing… A lot of times I feel like my voice is only clear and loud enough to send a subliminal message to others… All of what I miss before ALS that I’ve mentioned does have to do with independence.  That’s what ALS does.  It takes everything from you.  People I’ve met very recently I feel don’t get to see the real me.  I want to say I am still that person, but in some ways I’m not.

24-Hour ALS Care with Compassion

A-1 Home Care recruits only the best caregiver talent in Downey and all over Los Angeles County.  Our seasoned, highly skilled caregivers are well-versed in Lou Gehrig’s Care, prolonging independence as much as possible for individuals with Lou Gehrig’s disease in the comfort of their own homes.  For 25 years, A-1 Home Care has provided a continuum of senior care for all types of needs:  Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Cancer Care, Parkinson’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Kidney Care, Brain Injury Care and more.  We are a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency, which ensures that each caregiver has a criminal background clearance and all professional references are verified.  We have live operators on stand-by 24 hours a day so that you don’t have to deal with an automated answering system.   If you’re looking for high quality, affordable and personable ALS Care, you’ve come to the right place at A-1 Home Care!


Find the right ALS caregiver today! Call A-1 Home Care (562) 929-8400 or visit us at for services in Downey, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Cerritos, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and other cities throughout LA County.

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24 Hour Caregivers in Downey

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When you get the O.K. from a physical therapist to provide a cane for your Elderly loved one, it’s important that you get one that is the right size and that your loved one knows how to properly use it.  Physical therapists can provide everything you need to know, as well as training for how to get around with a cane.  One of the most difficult aspects about using a cane may be ascending and descending stair cases.  This article titled Using a Cane provides basic information about how to find the right cane size and how to walk with it so that you can help out if your loved one is having trouble using it.  Fall risk is just as high with a cane if your loved one doesn’t know how to use it effectively.

At A-1 Home Care, we provide 24 hour caregivers who can assist your Elder or Senior loved one with mobility issues and supervision as they get around the home or outside.  The safety of your loved one is our top priority.  We specialize in Elder Care services ranging from basic Companion Services to more specialized care such as Arthritis Care, After Surgery Care, Parkinson’s Care, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Hospice Care, Incontinence Care, and Post Stroke Care on a 24 hour Live-In Care or Hourly Care basis.

Our 24 hour caregivers serve the communities of Downey, Norwalk, Lakewood, Whittier, La Mirada, Cerritos, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs, Covina, Diamond Bar, San Dimas, La Habra, Yorba Linda, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Pico Rivera, and others in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

All of our care givers, nurse aides, companions, and home helpers must have prior at home caregiving experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check/DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.

To interview and hire a compassionate caregiver in your area, CALL us at 562-929-8400 and visit us at Downey In Home Care.

A-1 Home Care has been a care provider in Los Angeles County and Orange County since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the BBB, Shield Accreditation, and a handful of positive client testimonials over the years. 

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