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Conditions

We have helped many patients with a variety of conditions and their loved ones continue to enjoy the comforts of home. Numerous conditions are listed below for which we have provided home-based solutions in the past. Please contact a patient advocate today if you do not see your diagnosis below to discuss a customized solution based on your need. 

Disclaimer: Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your physician. Each condition symptom listed below will vary by individual.

 

Alzheimers

DEFINITION

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is an age-related, non-reversible brain disorder that develops over a period of years. Initially, people experience memory loss and confusion, which may be mistaken for the kinds of memory changes that are sometimes associated with normal aging. However, the symptoms of AD gradually lead to behavior and personality changes, a decline in cognitive abilities such as decision-making and language skills, and problems recognizing family and friends.

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Mobility issues, trouble getting in/out of bed, falls risk, difficulty transferring/standing, unable to follow commands or participate in care, unable to make needs known, loss of bowel and bladder, unable to turn self at night, risk of pressure sores, unable to perform simple tasks, cannot follow treatment plan and resists assistance, pneumonia/choke risk, impaired judgment, safety issues.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Ease of transfer (wheelchair and/or stand assist), assistance to help ambulate, advanced surface and bed designs to help treat skin breakdown due to immobility, features such as siderails and low bed height to enhance independence.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

DEFINITION

ALS is a disease that affects the nerve cells that make muscles work in both the upper and lower parts of the body. This disease makes the nerve cells stop working and die. The nerves lose the ability to trigger specific muscles, which causes the muscles to become weak and leads to paralysis.

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Respiratory issues, including pneumonia, mobility issues, skin breakdown, change in bed positioning (wound care), problems with swallowing, difficulty chewing, malnutrition, aspiration risk, slurred speech, loss of fine motor skills, chronic and referred pain, muscle stiffness and cramping, stumbling, falls, difficulty holding body or head upright, sleep problems, fatigue, weakness, poor stamina, may not be able unable to make needs known or participate in care, unable to maintain body position.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Pulmonary therapies due to immobility (Percussion and Vibration Therapy, Continuous Lateral Rotation Therapy), ease of safe transfer (wheelchair and or stand assist), advanced surface and bed designs to help treat skin breakdown, features such as siderails and low bed height to enhance independence.

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

DEFINITION

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/cp/facts.html

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Spasticity, impaired movement, abnormal posture, reduced range of motion in joints, difficulty swallowing, breathing difficulties, skin breakdown (pressure sores), muscle tone problems such as rigid muscles or floppy muscles, risk of aspiration, poor nutritional intake,  unsteady walking, falls, seizures, developmental delays, unable to participate in care, lack of or no muscle coordination, writhing movements, difficulty speaking or unable to speak and cannot make needs known, loss of bowel and bladder control, pain, contractures, symptoms are progressive and can worsen over time.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Advanced positioning, pulmonary therapies due to immobility (Percussion and Vibration Therapy, Continuous Lateral Rotation Therapy) ease of safe transfer (wheelchair), advanced surface and bed designs to help treat/prevent skin breakdown, ability to position patient for care needs, elevate head of bed, turn assist, features such as siderails and low bed height to enhance outcomes.

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Dementia

DEFINITION

Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain. People with dementia have significantly impaired intellectual functioning that interferes with normal activities and relationships.

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Mobility issues, trouble getting in/out of bed, falls risk, difficulty transferring/standing, loss of language skills, inability to care for self or follow instructions with care, forgetfulness and memory loss, combative, safety issues, climb out of bed, confusion, inadequate nutrition, restless leg syndrome.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Ease of transfer (wheelchair and or stand assist), assistance to help ambulate, advanced surface and bed designs to help treat skin breakdown due to immobility, patient lift, features such as siderails and low bed height to enhance outcomes.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

DEFINITION

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.  MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath. This sheath is the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells. When this nerve covering is damaged, nerve signals slow down or stop.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001747/

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Numbness/weakness in one or more limbs, vision loss, tingling/pain in parts of the body, stinging sensation when bending neck forward, tremors, lack of coordination, slurred speech, aspiration/difficulty swallowing, unsteady gait, fatigue, dizziness, forgetfulness, potential paralysis, bowel and bladder dysfunction, progressive worsening of symptoms, frequent falls, muscle spasms and stiffness, chronic pain, seizures, management of body temperature.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Ease of safe transfer, advanced positioning features, advanced surface and bed designs to help treat/prevent skin breakdown, patient assist bars for positioning and stabilizing body position, features such as siderails and low bed height to enhance outcomes.

Muscular Dystrophy (MD)

DEFINITION

Muscular dystrophies are a group of diseases caused by defects in a person’s genes. Over time, this muscle weakness decreases mobility and makes the tasks of daily living difficult.

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Respiratory issues, mobility issues, frequent falls, circulatory issues, skin breakdown (pressure sores), required frequent changes in bed positioning to meet care (catheter care, wound care, turning) needs, safety, contractures, muscle spasms and chronic pain, problems with swallowing or choking, including inability to manage their secretions, risk of aspiration, enteral (tube) feeding management, unable to position or turn self, may not be able unable to make needs known or participate in care, isolation, depression, quality of life issues.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Pulmonary therapies due to immobility (Percussion and Vibration Therapy, Continuous Lateral Rotation Therapy) , ease of safe transfer (wheelchair, bedside commode, bedside chair), advanced surface and bed designs to help treat/prevent skin breakdown, siderails, patient lifts, head of bed elevation, turn assist, comfort settings, advanced positioning.

Parkinson's Disease

DEFINITION

Parkinson's Disease (PD) belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. The four primary symptoms of PD are tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination.

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Rigid muscles, tremors, difficulty getting out of seated position, limited range of motion, impaired balance/posture, swallowing problems, fatigue, shuffled gait, soft and slurred speech, falls, unsteady on feet, joint and muscle pain, sudden drop in blood pressure when standing, dizziness, thinking problems resulting in inability to participate in care needs.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Ease of safe transfer (wheelchair and or stand assist), assistance to help ambulate, advanced surface and bed designs to help treat skin breakdown due to immobility, features such as siderails and low bed height to enhance independence.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), quadriplegia, paraplegia, tetraplegia, and other forms of paralysis

DEFINITION

Damage to any part of the nerves or spinal cord.

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Respiratory issues including difficulty breathing and inability to cough up or manage secretions, mobility issues, circulatory issues such as low blood pressure when standing, blood clots, spike in high blood pressure, skin breakdown (pressure sores), muscle rigidity (spasticity), flaccid muscles, spasms, change in bed positioning (catheter, wound care), seizures, bowel and bladder control, kidney infections and kidney stones, loss of skin sensation, muscle, joint, or stinging nerve pain, osteoporosis.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Advanced positioning, pulmonary therapies due to immobility (Percussion and Vibration Therapy, Continuous Lateral Rotation Therapy) ease of safe transfer (wheelchair), advanced surface and bed designs to help treat/prevent skin breakdown, features such as siderails and low bed height, patient lift, head of bed elevation, turn assist to enhance outcomes.

 

Stroke or Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)

DEFINITION

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, causing brain tissue to die.

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Paralysis, stumbling, loss of all or part of vision, loss of speech or ability to understand speech, risk of aspiration and choking, unable to communicate needs, unable to turn self, risk for falls, contractures, frequent pneumonia, difficulty chewing, chronic pain, memory loss.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Ease of safe transfer (wheelchair and or stand assist), assistance to help ambulate, advanced surface and bed designs to help treat skin breakdown due to immobility, features such as siderails and low bed height to enhance outcomes.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and anoxic brain injuries

DEFINITION

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is damage to the brain caused by a blow to the head (falls, MVAs, construction, sports or violence). The severity may range from mild (few or no lasting consequences) to major (profound disability, coma or death).

POTENTIAL CONDITION SYMPTOMS

Abnormal muscle tone (spasticity, dystonia), chronic pain, seizures, respiratory issues, mobility, circulatory issues, skin breakdown, change in bed positioning (catheter, wound care), vegetative state, unresponsive, unable to make needs known, unable to follow directions or participate in care, increased pressure in the brain from fluid or swelling (Encephalopathy). Nerve damage that can cause difficulty swallowing, impaired speech, impaired judgment, difficulty learning, muscle wasting, difficulty communicating and understanding communication, impaired reasoning and concentration. If ambulatory, stumbling, falls.

POTENTIAL PRODUCT BENEFITS

Pulmonary therapies due to immobility (Percussion and Vibration Therapy, Continuous Lateral Rotation Therapy), ease of safe transfer (wheelchair), advanced surface and bed designs to help treat/prevent skin breakdown, features such as siderails, head of bed elevation, turn assist, comfort settings, advanced positioning to enhance outcomes.
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