It is important to keep in mind the various forms of treatment that can help a loved one stay strong and independent for as long as possible. For example, a physician directed exercise program along with physical and occupational therapy can help a person stay strong and make the most of the abilities he/she still has. Speech therapy can help keep the ability to talk after problems with speech begin. A wide variety of supportive devices and assistive equipment can help a person stay mobile, communicate, and perform daily tasks such as bathing, eating, and dressing. Braces can support the feet, ankles, or neck. Additionally, there are medicines that can help relieve symptoms, help bolster coping skills and keep the person comfortable.

Home Care Can Help

The toughest — and most rewarding — part of your job may be figuring out how to help your loved one still feel in control of his or her life, even if you do not feel prepared or capable when increasingly more care is needed. Home care agencies, such as Live Free Home Health Care, can help by providing the experienced care needed to help loved ones safely remain in the comfortable surroundings of home as the disease progresses. Trained caregivers can provide daily assistance with errands, household tasks and personal care needs, as well as recognize the early signs of potential complications. They can also provide tips on adaptive equipment along with compassionate encouragement to help care for the spirit along with health and safety.

If you’re currently caring for a loved one with a muscle disease, click here for a series of web videos with tips on transfer techniques, the principles of moving, and range of motion exercises.

For more information on caregiving for persons with muscle disease, contact Live Free Home Health Care at 603-217-0149 or visit our website at