If you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) then you are probably aware of major changes that need to be made in your home and lifestyle in order to meet their needs. While this diagnosis can be scary, we have some suggestions to help make everyday life a little more normal and comfortable.
At Table-Mate®, we are proud to offer the Table-Mate V® as one way of making things easier for those who are confined to wheelchairs. Not only is it our largest product, but it is also extra-wide and strong enough to assist anyone who has mobility issues. Continue reading to learn some simple things that you can do to help those with ALS, and shop our store to find the ideal, portable table tray for your needs.
Encourage Them to Take Time to Process the Diagnosis
One thing that many people do when they receive an ALS diagnosis from their doctor is to google the disease. This is not a good thing to do as you will likely be inundated with all sorts of information that is unchecked and unverified. Make sure to talk with your loved one’s doctor, who is a reliable source, and ask for a referral to reliable resources in your area.
Remember that an ALS diagnosis as it is not an immediate death sentence; you can help your loved one by encouraging them to enjoy the time they have with you right now, as well as recalling fond memories.
Help Them As Needed
As the disease advances, your loved one will need an increasing amount of help and support from you. One way that you can help is to ask them if they want help before you do something for them. Allowing them to maintain their independence as long as possible is important as it helps to reaffirm their dignity. While finding the right balance between asking if they need help and offering help can be challenging, it will be one of the best gifts that you can give them.
Remember That They’re Not Deaf or Mentally Ill
Just because your loved one is ill and their body is being attacked by ALS does not mean that their hearing is any more diminished than it was. Don’t shout or talk at them. Rather, continue to communicate with them just as you always have as there is no need to talk slower or louder.
Very rarely does ALS affect someone’s intellect, which means that while they will lose the ability to speak over time, their mental functions will remain untouched. Continue to treat them as the intelligent person that you know and love.
Remind Them of Who They Are
One of the hardest things for many people to remember as they watch a loved one battle a degenerative disease is that their loved one’s personality is still the same. Despite the many ways that their body will change in appearance and function, their personality is the same as it always has been, which means they’ll still enjoy the same kind of jokes you’ve always told, and they’ll still love to eat their favorite foods. When they have bad days and struggle to be themselves more than the symptoms of the disease, it’s important to remind them that you know they are still themselves.
If your loved one is confined to a wheelchair or is facing mobility issues, then be sure to order the Table-Mate V® from Table-Mate®. As our largest portable table tray, it will offer the space and sturdiness that they deserve. Order today and help make their life a little easier.