Motor neurone disease can develop at any age. It can have many symptoms, for instance, loss of strength, difficulty swallowing, trouble with speech and mobility issues.

As a result of its varied effects and progressive nature, your needs are likely to change over time.

Our priority is tailoring your care completely to you, to help you live life to the fullest.

Working with your medical specialists, your plan will ensure you receive the correct treatment, whilst being able to live a full and active life.

Types of care and support for motor neurone disease

A motor neurone disease diagnosis can be very upsetting for you and your family but the right physical and emotional support from Agincare can keep you positive and independent to lead the life you want.

We will work alongside your medical specialists to create a bespoke care plan tailored to your individual care needs and requirements, acknowledging your preferences and likes and dislikes. You can choose what care service best meets your needs of you and your family.

Frequently asked questions

Motor neurone disease is an uncommon condition that affects the brain and nerves. It causes weakness that gets worse over time. There’s no cure for motor neurone disease, but there are treatments to help reduce the impact it has on a person’s daily life. Some people live with the condition for many years.

Symptoms of motor neurone disease happen gradually and may not be obvious at first.

Early symptoms can include:

Weakness in your ankle or leg – you might trip, or find it harder to climb stairs
Slurred speech, which may develop into difficulty swallowing some foods
A weak grip – you might drop things, or find it hard to open jars or do up buttons
Muscle cramps and twitches
Weight loss – your arms or leg muscles may have become thinner over time
Difficulty stopping yourself from crying or laughing in inappropriate situations

All our care workers complete the nationally recognised care certificate. Specific client needs-led training is taught by our training partner Training Now and healthcare professionals.

Motor neurone disease currently has no cure, but there are treatments available to alleviate its impact on daily life. While some individuals live with the condition for an extended period, it often reduces life expectancy and ultimately leads to death.

The specific reason for motor neurone disease is unclear, and you can’t get it from someone else. It’s generally thought to result from a mix of environmental, lifestyle, and genetic factors. In many cases, Motor neurone disease develops without a clear and apparent cause.

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