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1. Call Us
Have a no obligation, confidential, conversation with one of our care experts to discuss your needs.
2. Free Assessment
A member of our qualified care team will then visit you or your loved at home to discuss your requirements.
3. Begin Care
Provided you want to go ahead with us, we will then match you with the best carer to meet your needs.
“He remembers everything and does what he promises with kindness and understanding.” - John Reed reflects on the work of his carer John MacKay
Above all, we appreciate that it is important to feel supported by carers who are intuitive and understanding of you or your loved one’s individual needs. That’s why we take great care in matching you with a carer that we think will fit in with you and your lifestyle.
It’s also why we spend much time training and supporting our carers so they can support you. All of our carers who work with multiple sclerosis are experienced to not only support your practical needs but they also understand and appreciate the emotional effect of the diagnosis on both you and your family.
Outstanding rated MS care
For outstanding rated care for Multiple Sclerosis, choose Trinity Homecare. Our team has over 25 years of experience providing for those living with Multiple Sclerosis and we understand the physical and mental impacts of the condition.
Our experience helps us to centre all of our care efforts around your exact needs as an individual. As time passes, we understand your needs may change, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.
- Support with all personal care, practical caring, from washing, dressing and eating healthy meals
- Encouraging you to continue living life well
- Appreciating that fluctuating symptoms means every day is different
- Appreciate the emotional effect on you and your family
- Enjoy your hobbies and interests
- Support you in your work
- A companion to take you to the theatre, movies or outings
- Liaising with you and your family on any changing and developing needs
Multiple Sclerosis is a lifelong condition that impacts the central nervous system (CNS) including the brain, nerves and spinal cord. Research suggests that MS is an immune-mediated disorder that causes the immune system to incorrectly attack healthy tissue within the CNS.
MS starts to take effect on an individual when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. This malfunction in the immune system destroys the myelin within the body (the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibres within the brain and spinal cord).
MS attacks can either develop slowly over days to weeks or happen suddenly, often getting mistaken for a stroke. Because of this, the first signs between individuals with MS are never exactly alike. The severity of the initial symptoms can range from mild to severe and differ between cases.
Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) – the first and most common episode of MS symptoms that people experience, causing inflammation to the myelin sheats
Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) – leads to MS attacks with new and worsening symptoms, after each attack the symptoms improve or disappear until the next relapse
Primary progressive MS (PPMS) – less common than RRMS, most commonly occurring after the age of 40 years. Symptoms begin to gradually worsen over time with little distinction between recovery or remissions
Secondary progressive MS (SPMS) – after a person has lived with RRMS for many years, the disease may eventually progress to SPMS in which symptoms become more severe without any further distinction between attacks and remission
With an estimated 130,000 people living with MS in the UK, and around 7,000 additional individuals diagnosed every year, MS is a fairly common condition.
The age in which people develop Multiple Sclerosis is unique to the individual. MS can occur at any age, but usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 40. In certain circumstances, children and older adults can develop Multiple Sclerosis.
Research also shows that women are 2 to 3 times more likely than men are in developing Multiple Sclerosis. Genetics can also have an influence on MS, as those with parents or siblings that have MS are at higher risk of developing the disease. Strangely, Multiple Sclerosis is the most common in areas farthest from the equator.
Every case of MS is different, and as you get older, symptoms are likely to change. The greater the damage to the myelin, the worse the symptoms of MS will become. Symptoms can become worse over time, leading to fewer relapses and remissions – yet every case is different.
The average life expectancy for people with MS differs between individuals, yet the average figure is roughly between 5 and 10 years lower than the average life expectancy. MS itself is rarely fatal, however, complications can arise from the disease surrounding infections and swallowing difficulties.
Currently, there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis. The main focus surrounding the treatment of MS usually entails slowing the progressions of the disease, managing any symptoms, and speeding up the recovery from MS attacks. Starting treatment early generally provides the best chance at slowing down the disease. To slow down the progression of MS, the best exercises to perform are aerobic exercises, stretching, and progressive strength training. Aerobic exercises entail any exercise that raises the heart rate, including jogging, walking, swimming or cycling. All can unearth a number of benefits that help you manage MS symptoms.
Those who are considered to have end-stage MS face severe disabilities which may not respond to treatment, and in certain circumstances, can lead to life-threatening complications.
Research suggests that if MS is left untreated, around 50% of people with relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis develop secondary progressive MS (SPMS) within a decade of the first diagnosis. SPMS is the third stage, of four, that outlines the progression of the disease.
The majority of individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis do not become severely disabled. However, in certain severe circumstances, disability can occur. It is estimated that roughly two-thirds of all people who have MS remain able to walk, although some may need an aid such as crutches or a cane to support themselves.
Only around 25% of those with MS will need to use a wheelchair, and this usually occurs within both forms of progressive Multiple Sclerosis. For many individuals with MS, little assistance will be required to walk unless the disease progresses into the later stages.
With the right care and support, you can live a long, happy and fulfilling life when living with Multiple Sclerosis. Participating in exercise, staying active, and finding the right help to reduce progression, manage symptoms and speed up recovery from remissions can have a hugely positive impact on your lifestyle.
Many people with a diagnosis of MS are of a young age, this leads to huge dissatisfaction at the thought of moving into a care home or residential setting. Homecare allows you to receive compassionate care in the safety, comfort and familiarity of your home so you can continue living life the way you choose.
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At Trinity Homecare, our ultimate goal is to enrich your lifestyle in the comfort and familiarity of your own home. This allows you to live the independent lifestyle that you love without the daunting thought of moving into a care home. We are here to support you with various different forms of live-in care.