What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is a term used to describe neurological dysfunction that causes limb dysfunction and motor dysfunction and brain dysfunction in a child or an adult. Many of the signs and symptoms of Cerebral Palsy are overt and outward meaning that it’s an individual who has difficulty moving his limbs or her limbs appropriately, a person who is in a wheelchair or someone who has learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, developmental delay or cognitive.
Individuals with Cerebral Palsy require significant amounts of medical care and treatment. Because of their disabilities they are unable to be independent in their activities of daily living. So depending on the severity of the Cerebral Palsy that will dictate the level of care an individual may or may not need for the rest of his or her life. For individuals with severe Cerebral Palsy who have difficulty holding their head up, difficulty swallowing, difficulty feeding themselves, are g tube dependent(meaning that they have to be fed through a tube that goes into their stomach) those individuals require a high-level of care at a nursing level in their home in order for them to have any quality of life whatsoever. Many individuals that are severely affected will have registered nurses who come into their house every day to help the family take care of them including when the affected individual is sleeping.
Many individuals with Cerebral Palsy have seizure disorders. Those seizure disorders can result in seizures at any point in the day. Individuals with Cerebral Palsy who have seizures require medication and acute, timely treatment in order to make sure that the seizures don’t cause any additional harm. This is why individuals with severe Cerebral Palsy with seizure disorders require 24 hour nursing care, because if there is a seizure in the middle of the night the nurse needs to be able to administer medicine in a timely fashion.
Individuals with less severe forms of Cerebral Palsy still require lots of care and treatment. There are individuals who just have physical abnormalities but because they’re wheelchair bound they have difficulty showering themselves and bathing themselves. They have difficulties getting in and out of bed and although they may be able to verbalize their needs they still need someone maybe not at a nursing level or a skilled nursing level to help take care of them for all of their activities of daily living.
There are individuals with Cerebral Palsy who don’t have any physical problems but have primarily neurological problems and cognitive delays and those individuals while they may not need a nursing level of care to help them in their activities of daily living they still need someone to help them go grocery shopping, to help them write checks, to help them with money because they do not have the mental capacity or the cognitive ability to take care of themselves in that fashion and so individuals with Cerebral Palsy need lots of attention and lots of care throughout their entire life.
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