Caregiver Tips: Creating a Safe Home for a Parent With ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

It’s usually diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 70, but it’s most commonly diagnosed after the age of 60. Around 5,000 cases of ALS are diagnosed each year.

Your dad’s been told he has ALS. Attend as many of his appointments as you can and take notes. He may be in shock and not keeping track of everything his doctor says. That’s one thing to do, but what about his living environment.

Symptoms of ALS will impact mobility, including muscle cramps, declining use of the arms and legs, fatigue, and instability. What should you do to help him get his home safe? Use the following caregiver tips for help.


Caregiver Tips: ALS Safety

Caregiver Tips: ALS Safety



Install Grab Bars

Install grab bars in the shower and add a shower seat for him to use if he’s tired and needs to sit down. You should also add grab bars to the sides and back of the toilet to help him safely use the toilet. He may also benefit from grab bars in a hallway.


Purchase a Reach Extender/Grabber

A grabber tool is helpful when it comes to reaching items that are on a higher shelf. Your dad won’t have to climb onto a step stool or chair to reach things.

At the same time, you should look at moving and arranging items so that they’re in locations that are more accessible. If your dad uses his toaster each morning, it’s important to leave that out for him. Put away things he never uses. Do the same in his bedroom, bathroom, and living room.

Make Room for Mobility Devices

If your dad needs a walker or wheelchair, make sure there is room for him to move around. You might like having the chair arranged so that it’s centered with the sofa, but it’s blocking the path to the kitchen. Move it out of the way so that your dad does not have to go around things.


Arrange Home Care Services With Caregivers

Companion care at home will be incredibly helpful to him as his abilities change. He may need someone else to do his laundry, clean his house, and cook his meals. He might need someone to take him shopping or accompany him to appointments.

Make sure your dad is involved in the decisions. Ask him about the things he’s having a more challenging time completing independently. Once you know, talk to a specialist for caregiver tips in companion care at home with your dad and schedule the services he wants.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Glenolden, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. (484) 206-4544



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