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Understanding Motor Neurone Disease

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) covers a wide range of neurological disorders which impact muscle activity and motor skills.  

Whilst it is fairly rare, MND impacts approximately one in 50,000 people each year and due to its complex nature, it can be hard to understand the signs.

What are the symptoms of MND?

There are different types of Motor Neurone Disease, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, primary lateral sclerosis, progressive muscular atrophy, progressive bulbar palsy and pseudobulbar palsy.

These will present themselves in different ways. But, according to the NHS, the early symptoms of MND generally include:

  • Weakness in the ankle or leg
  • A weak grip
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty regulating emotional behaviours (such as laughing or crying in inappropriate situations)
  • Slurred speech and difficulty swallowing

As this disease impacts the brain cells and motor neurones, the muscles will gradually deteriorate and cause further mobility problems as it progresses.

What support is needed?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for MND at the moment, but there are measures that can be taken to ease the symptoms.

The level of support that is needed will vary as the disease progresses. In the initial stages, individuals may only need assistance with maintaining their lifestyle.

However, as the symptoms worsen, the individual could need constant support.

The emotional impact of a diagnosis should also not be ignored. If you, or a loved one, has recently been diagnosed with MND, don’t be afraid of seeking emotional support.

Joining a support group or contacting your GP will ensure you aren’t facing this alone.

At Almond Care, we recognise that no two cases of MND are the same. So, we ensure that each patient receives a bespoke care package in line with their needs.

We go beyond simply tackling the physical symptoms by prioritising well-being and ensuring a high quality of life.

Our carers build constructive working relationships with our clients, and focus on encouraging their hobbies and interests, alongside responding to necessary changes to the level of care.

For a free, no-obligation discussion about our UK complex care in the home, contact our team today.


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