I wanted to start with the Medical Definition of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - is sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease : A classic motor neuron disease. Motor neuron diseases are progressive chronic diseases of the nerves that come from the spinal cord responsible for supplying electrical stimulation to the muscles (Source Wikipedia.org).
Even though, there is no cure for ALS, and the disease is eventually fatal, it does not mean that you can have your loved one experience a better living while experiencing this disease. ALS death happens because the disease can eventually lead to paralysis of the muscles that control breathing, according to the Mayo Clinic. Our team at Accessible Bathrooms Inc specializes on offering products and services that can alleviate the caring of your relative suffering the disease. We need to be positive and caring of anyone that is experiencing ALS and therefore find ways or treatments that might lessen our efforts. Although, No cure has yet been found for ALS. The first drug treatment for the disease -- riluzole (Rilutek) is believed to reduce damage to motor neurons by decreasing the release of glutamate. Other areas to consider are eating bright-colored fruits and vegetables that might prevent or delay amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Summary: New research suggests that increased consumption of foods containing colorful carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene and lutein, may prevent or delay the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). (Source - Google)
Let's all be thankful about our life and be sympathetic to others that may not be as lucky.
Unfortunately, ALS is one of the most costly and aggressive challenges out there as it covers the full spectrum of a disability - usually stemming from initial walking, balance, or swallowing challenges, to eventually needing help with most or all of the usual tasks of daily living such as: Walking, Sitting up, Dressing, Toileting, Showering, Transferring, Talking, Eating, Swallowing, even maneuvering a manual or powered wheelchair to name a few.
These are very crucial facts to consider when making a decision of what type of budget to have or spend on providing physical home modifications and equipment. Not only can this be a challenge for the home owner but also for the contractor as well as due to the aggressiveness of this challenge. Although the family wants the very best care for their loved ones, sometimes a decision is made to provide a "band-aid" fix as re-modifying the home in 2-5 years may be needed.