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Motor neurone disease (MND), also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), affects up to 5000 people in the UK at any one time. MND is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord, meaning they are unable to send messages properly, and affects walking, speaking, breathing, swallowing and gripping.
Having a relative or loved one who is at risk of a fall can be incredibly worrying. More accidents occur in the home than anywhere else, and although falls can happen at any age, to anyone, the elderly and those with reduced mobility are most likely to fall over, and can take longer to recover. The good news is that many falls could be avoided.
Men are known for being reluctant to seek help for health issues, but statistics show that in some areas they are actually suffering more than women. According to the Men’s Health Forum, in the UK, 76% of suicides are by men, 12.5% of men are suffering from a common mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression, and men are almost three times more likely than women to become dependent on alcohol.
Lasting power of attorney (LPA) is when an individual decides to give someone else the power to make decisions on their behalf. This is particularly useful when a person is unable to make their own decisions. They may be unable to do this because they’ve had an accident, are suffering from a condition such as dementia or because they are living abroad.
A career in care work can be incredibly rewarding. You are providing a valuable service not just to the people you are looking after, but to their friends, families and society as a whole. You can make a difference to a person’s quality of life, their mood and their overall health and wellbeing. And that’s not all; here are five more benefits of working in care.