Complex Care for Huntington’s Disease

We believe that every individual deserves to have their unique medical needs cared for, no matter how complex those needs may be. That’s why our complex care in Christchurch services are designed to support those with complex medical needs from the comfort of their homes. In this post, we explore how our complex care services can support those living with Huntington’s disease so that they can live safely at home for as long as possible. 

Understanding Huntington’s disease 

Huntington’s disease is a serious condition that negatively affects how the brain works by stopping parts of it from functioning properly. It is a genetic condition and symptoms usually begin to appear between 30 to 50 years of age. The main symptoms of Hungtington’s disease include mobility issues, mood swings, depression, trouble swallowing and a deterioration in fine motor skills. A person may also experience memory lapses. This progressive disease is usually fatal after 20 years. In the later stages of this condition, full-time care is necessary. 

What is complex care? 

We design our complex care services to help people with unique medical needs live safely at home for longer instead of having to spend time moving in and out of hospital wards. Living with a complex condition like Huntington’s disease is already stressful enough for all involved, which is why we want to provide professional care in the place a person feels most safe and comfortable – their home. Our highly trained carers are equipped to deal with a range of medical needs, ensuring that your loved one receives the highest standard of care possible. With our nurse-led team, you can rest assured your loved one is in qualified hands 

How can complex care help?

As Huntington’s disease is progressive, symptoms get more severe over time until a person is unable to care for themselves. While family members may step into the caregiving role, the hereditary nature of the condition can present an added layer of complexity. We understand that watching a family member go through this challenging health condition can be emotionally challenging and draining. That’s where we come in.

Our complex care services can help manage the symptoms of Huntington’s disease and keep your loved one safe while they continue to live at home. For example, our qualified carers can assist with medication, help by supporting eating and swallowing, provide personal care, and support mobility issues, especially if the affected person is confined to a bed or chair. The consistent companionship of our friendly carers will also help keep depression and loneliness at bay. 

Providing support to your family

As much as we are there to support your loved one, we understand that this is a challenging time for all involved. That’s why we’re here to provide emotional support to the rest of the family too. It’s only natural to experience degrees of grief due to the changing circumstances. With respect and sensitivity, our compassionate carers will help you navigate this emotionally-difficult time with grace and courage. 

Get in touch

If you or your loved one have Huntington’s disease and could benefit from our complex care services, please do not hesitate to contact us or phone us on 01202 800 494. We look forward to answering your questions or providing more information on how we can support you and your family during this difficult time.