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Physically debilitating conditions often require care in nursing homes or other facilities. For some people, having to leave the family home can be as distressing as the condition itself. Here, Consultus Care explains how live-in nursing can save patients from the trauma of moving out.

People who suffer from debilitating conditions that limit movement or impair cognitive function will often need more expert support than those who have a mild disability due to frailty or mild dementia. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is one such condition that hinders movement and ability and is progressive, often requiring intensive support during the later stages.

According to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, there are about 5,000 people in the UK with Motor Neurone Disease, many of whom end up going into a nursing or care home. This is not a desirable outcome for some people, as disabling conditions can often affect people who are younger, with children and partners living at home with them. Many people would prefer to stay close to their family and enjoy the comforts of their own home while they receive treatment.

Consultus Care and Nursing helps younger sufferers of chronic illnesses, who often have young families, with live-in nursing care in the later stages of the disease.

Nicky Buckley, Nursing at Home Manager, explained: “Our live-in nurses see first-hand how devastating MND is for all concerned. It attacks the motor nerves or neurones from the brain and spinal cord that send signals to the muscles, causing progressive weakness, stiffness and wasting in the limbs.

“Physical disability and loss of mobility will strike most sufferers

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and the illness can also affect speech, swallowing and breathing. Depending on the type of MND, life expectancy ranges from as little as six months to five years.

“Everyday living with MND can take its toll on both the sufferer and their loved ones. By taking on multiple tasks, our nurses dedicate themselves to helping everyone deal with the illness and support them in their own home as the disease progresses.”

The nurse consultant liaised with the hospital to ensure that she had a complete understanding of the patient’s medical condition, her needs and requirements.

Consultus nurses work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, such as the patient’s GP, and can assist with pain relief, manage respiratory problems including overseeing ventilation, help with positioning and pressure care, and handle feeding tubes (gastrostomy), nutrition and many other aspects of nursing care.

They also provide practical help with life’s daily activities, from driving the cat to the vet to doing the grocery shopping, as well as vitally important emotional support for the whole family.

Nicky Buckley continued: “We know from the feedback received that MND sufferers who are able to remain

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