Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive disease leading to increasing disability. Using unique tailored care plans, ICCM supports clients with physical care and works  to ensure people maximise their independence and life choices.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord. It is a complex disease with many symptoms, which include tiredness, eyesight problems, dizziness, balance and muscle stiffness and spasms. There are different types of MS, but the most common is usually characterised by flare up of symptoms (“relapse”) followed by recovery (“remission”).  A relapse may last for days, weeks or even months, and the symptoms may vary daily in their severity. However, after a few years, it usually progresses to a more severe form, where the patient has fewer relapses, but the symptoms are more severe and the recovery is only partial, leading to increasing disability.

 

All MS sufferers are different – they have different symptoms, different relapse patterns and different severity of symptoms. They need care plans which reflect the individuality of their MS and which give them the support to continue living in their own homes with independence, dignity and quality of life.

 

ICCM’s approach:

  • Client and family care support
  • Close liaison with local Multi-Disciplinary Teams
  • Client-ICCM partnership in the design of the client’s care plan
  • Dynamic care planning and risk assessment to meet changing needs
  • Specialist training to incorporate specific care needs, e.g. PEG feeding, NIV, moving and handling