Huntington Disease Dementia (cont.)
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Self-Care at Home
With the combination of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities that come with advancing HD, the affected person soon becomes unable to care for himself or herself. In many cases, the person remains at home and family caregivers provide most of the care. Caregivers are responsible for balancing the needs of the person with those of the family and caregivers.
Safety is an important issue for the affected person and for the caregivers.
Individuals with HD should remain physically, mentally, and socially active as long as they are able.
Loss of coordination and swallowing problems may make eating and drinking difficult for people with HD. It is very important that the person with HD consume enough calories and nutrients.
As the person's dependency increases, caregivers may begin to feel more burdened.
Idan Sharon, MD
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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