Cerebral palsy is a life-long condition that occurs due to brain damage during pregnancy. This can also occur in children up to two years of age of a child with symptoms that can show as early as three months of age. Although there are several known reasons why cerebral palsy happens, ranging from brain bleeds to traumatic childhood brain injuries, there are many undiscovered reasons. The severity of symptoms due to this condition ranges from mild to severe with symptoms including; muscle tightening which can become progressively worse into adulthood, loss of muscle control, difficulty walking or scissor walking, and seizures or tremors.
There is currently no cure for cerebral palsy. However, there are several treatments of the symptoms which are available. These treatments have one primary goal in mind: allow the patient to excel in life and be as independent as possible. Cerebral palsy patients require several doctors, services, and specialists including: a primary care doctor, regular dental check-ups every six months, a social worker, therapists who assist in mobility and speech, and specialists who will monitor brain function, rehabilitation, lung function, and gastrointestinal function. Each treatment is based on the severity of the patient’s condition as well as what preventative care is needed for potential complications.
In addition to physician’s care, cerebral palsy patients do well with home care services which will maximize their independence potential. Home care services offer a patient personal care services including assistance with daily living activities including eating, toileting, bathing, grooming, transfers, and mobility as needed. The PCA can also make sure that the patient is receiving enough food and maintaining a balanced diet, ensuring that the patient has proper digestive functions, and protect the patient’s joints from injury.
The primary thing that everyone wants in life is to be happy, healthy, and independent. While cerebral palsy is not curable, in home care coupled with doctor and specialist treatments can help achieve the independent lifestyle that you desire while attending to your health and safety needs.