Multiple Sclerosis Assignment

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2014

Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Rebecca McCormack

CARE SKILLS 5N0758

Assignment Two

Multiple Sclerosis

“Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease, where the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems between attacks, symptoms may disappear completely; however, permanent neurological problems often occur, especially as the disease advances.”
- Wikipedia, 2014

People with MS can have neurological symptoms or signs; loss of sensitivity or changes in sensation such as tingling, pins and needles or numbness, muscle weakness, very pronounced
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Care equipment and aids that may be used for Ann:

• A hoist to get in and out of bed/bath
• A raised toilet seat helps, by decreasing the distance Ann must sit from a standing position to the toilet
• Frame or trolley walker assists with mobility; get around safely and with ease.
• A wheelchair can be used when Ann has longer distances to travel, as she can only stand for a short period of time.
• A commode is convenient and portable.
• Incontinence pads can keep her dry and help avoid embarrassing situations such as odours and accidents.
• A shower seat would benefit Ann as she can only stand for short periods of time, non-slip mats to prevent slips or fall, grab bar/ handles to help Ann from sitting to standing position.
• Physical therapy aids help with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability and quality of life.
• Thick handled cutlery as Ann as she has little power in her hands. Plate surrounds or Non-Skid Dinnerware. Feeding cup and glasses. Two handled non-spill and wide mouth cups and mugs have a non-spill function as Ann may have an unstable grip due to weakness in her

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