Paralysis involves the inability to move your body or some of its parts voluntarily, caused by a disruption in the nerve signals to the muscles. The life of an older adult, as well as the lives of their family members, can be significantly affected by paralysis.
Paralysis can be:
• temporary or permanent
• partial or complete
• localized or generalized
Paralysis can also be flaccid and spastic. While flaccid paralysis causes muscles to shrink and become weak, spastic paralysis causes muscles to stiffen, leading to uncontrollable cramps and spasms. Spastic paralysis is most common in people with cerebral palsy.
The most common causes of paralysis involve:
• A stroke or transient ischaemic attack (also known as a “mini-stroke”).
• Bell’s palsy
• A severe head or spinal cord injury
• Multiple sclerosis
• Sleep paralysis
Understanding paralysis in the elderly can help the affected person, their caregivers, and family members manage the condition and improve the person’s quality of life.
Devoted Guardians companies have been committed to improving the lives of seniors since 2007. We are an in-home care provider of comprehensive home support services to help seniors and disabled individuals who need assistance with daily living.
Our professional and compassionate caregivers can not only help ensure your loved one's daily needs are met, but can also arrange for a variety of other services, such as music therapy, hair styling, landscaping, and home repairs, that are simply not available at other home care agencies in Arizona. In short, Devoted Guardians can help your loved one remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.