Cerebral palsy: daily homecare tips
Cerebral palsy refers to a set of movement disorders that emerge in childhood. However, the permanent nature of the condition means that it can continue to have many adverse effects as people with cerebral palsy progress from childhood to adulthood. It can even have fresh implications that necessitate special homecare for people with the condition.
If you care for someone with cerebral palsy, here are some tips for how you can help make their day-to-day life easier when they are fulfilling even routine household responsibilities.
What is cerebral palsy
Someone with cerebral palsy has a disorder which affects their movement in various parts of their body. The condition typically results from the brain becoming injured during either pregnancy or the birth – or shortly following the birth. This helps to explain why cerebral palsy is often a common concern with children in particular; however, its effects on adults should not be overlooked.
There is no cure for cerebral palsy, symptoms of which are highly numerous and varied. They include – but are certainly not limited to – stiff and weak muscles, poor coordination, tremors, and impaired vision and hearing. Such symptoms often first emerge during childhood; however, as the disorder is “non-progressive”, it will not worsen as affected children grow into adults.
How cerebral palsy can uniquely affect adults
While it is reassuring that the actual condition of cerebral palsy does not deteriorate during adulthood, this is not strictly the case for all of the symptoms of the disorder. A particularly common challenge for affected adults is premature ageing. This will typically become evident between the ages of about 20 to 40; signs of this ageing include struggling to complete routine tasks.
For these adults, even just ascending a small flight of stairs could take up all of their energy. These people could – as a result of the early ageing – experience increased pain, have more difficulty in walking, or have a greater risk of falling.
How to make sure such an adult is looked after
As distressed as you could be to see a loved one suffering such symptoms, and as eager as you may be to help them yourself, effectively fulfilling this responsibility might not be entirely within your ability. You might, for example, lack sufficient specialist knowledge of cerebral palsy to know how symptoms – and, therefore, challenges – of it can differ between adults and children.
Fortunately, at Kentish Homecare, we do have such expertise. We can provide homecare solutions to people of various ages – from young adulthood to old age – who have cerebral palsy. We are happy to share with you the responsibility of daily looking after a loved one with this condition. Please call us via 0208 658 4455 to learn more about ways in which we can help.