Huntington’s Disease

Our Services Huntington’s Disease

Being diagnosed with Huntington’s disease can be an uncertain and sometimes frightening time for the individual diagnosed and his/her family, but with the correct care, the client can continue living at home as normally as possible for a number of years. Because Huntington’s Disease is degenerative, the level of complex care and nursing care will increase throughout the person’s life

What is Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is a heredity disease caused by a faulty gene, that can result in parts of the brain gradually becoming damaged over time. Because it is a progressive disease, those diagnosed with deteriorate over time and require an increasing amount of care.

Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s damage of the brain means that that movement, reasoning and behaviour can all be affected, resulting in:

  • Stumbling /clumsiness
  • Problems swallowing and speaking
  • Respiratory problems
  • Difficult moving
  • Memory lapses
  • Mood swings and personality changes
  • Depression

Since there is no cure for Huntington’s disease, nor way to stop it worsening, finding the right complex care provider to give the client as much care and/or independence as he or she needs is so important.

Care For Huntington’s Disease

Providing the highest quality of clinical complex care is paramount to our carers at Four Oaks Healthcare. With each person’s experience of the disease being so different, it is crucial to their fulfilment that each client receives a care plan tailor made to their needs and wishes.

When you choose one of our complex carers, you will also be assigned a clinical nurse specialist, who will oversee and supervise all care and development of the individual and ensure that we are constantly doing the most we can to retain the client’s independence and enable them to live their life on their own terms, while still receiving specialised clinical treatment.

Although treatment of symptoms cannot cure Huntington’s Disease, correctly applied continuing care can greatly help to reduce some of the problems it can cause. Your clinical nurse specialist and carer can help to administer:

  • Medication to help with depression and mood swings
  • Medication to help with involuntary movements
  • Speech and language therapy to help with communication
  • Therapy to help with feeding
  • Physiotherapy to help with balance and movement
  • Mood swings and personality changes
  • Occupation therapy to help everyday tasks easier

Our main goal is that by helping the client develop new skills, they will be able to cope with these changes and retain control over their home environment.

Our complex care providers are also highly trained in supporting the client and family emotionally through what can be a challenging time and help them to learn to spend quality time together as a family irrespective of the condition

Through ongoing supervision by your loved one’s clinical nurse specialist, your day or live in carer can ensure ongoing and developing needs of the client are catered for.