ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects more than 20,000 Americans. The disease, which has no cure, is most often diagnosed in adults between the ages of 40 and 70.
The effects of ALS develop gradually and stem from the progressive degeneration of motor neurons, which reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body. As the motor neurons degenerate and die, the brain loses control over muscle movement throughout the body, leading to muscle weakness, paralysis, and loss of abilities like speech, oral control, movement, and breathing.(1)
AliMed offers a broad selection of ADL, mobility, and safety aids to help caregivers promote and support independent living for their patients while managing ALS, whether in an early or more advanced stage.
- Mobility aids such as walkers, canes, self-transfer boards, and grab bars can help patients maneuver safely on their own, providing an increased sense of independence.
- Dressing aids, all-purpose reachers, and assistive dining aids allow patients to be self-sufficient as they go about their day.
- Bed safety products, including bed rails and bumper wedges, reduce the risk of entrapment or entanglement injuries while shielding fragile body parts against hard surfaces.
- Shower chairs and extendable sponge kits can help ensure patient safety and comfort during bathing and showering while maintaining personal hygiene.
- Communication aids help patients “talk” non-verbally, aiding in more effective care while keeping patients emotionally connected.
- If mobility is limited, the right wheelchairs and wheelchair cushions are essential for safe, comfortable transport while aiding in reducing pressure injuries and providing skin protection.