Whilst Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is fairly uncommon, this progressive disease affects approximately one in 50,000 people each year and has a big impact on their lives.
What is Motor Neurone Disease?
MND affects the brain and nerve cells, which eventually results in the muscles in the body deteriorating. Whilst there is currently no cure for MND, spotting the early signs means that you, or your loved one, can get access to treatment early on, which can improve your quality of life.
According to the NHS, the warning signs of MND include:
- Weakness in ankles or legs
- A weak grip, which could mean difficulty opening things or dropping them
- Muscle cramps
- Slurred speech
- Weight loss
- Difficulty regulating emotions such as crying or laughing in inappropriate situations
How can you support someone with MND?
As mentioned, MND is not curable, but measures can be taken to ease the burden of this condition.
Getting a diagnosis as soon as possible is essential to get the right support, but this can be very emotional.
Offering emotional support to people at this time is critical, so one way that you can support someone with MND is simply by listening to them.
As the condition progresses, it may be time to bring in some specialist care with a multi-faceted approach.
At Synergy Complex Care, we work with the excellent MNDA Association to make sure that our staff are well-equipped to care for individuals with MND.
We also focus on ensuring the individual can effectively communicate, by using the most appropriate aids and equipment.
Do you need care support for yourself or a loved one? Don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out how we can help you.