Planning for Changes in Mobility
Mark Weston, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2019, speaks with Shannon Terrell, DPT at the Kaiser ALS clinic, to learn more about the right equipment and solutions to maintain his independence as ALS progresses.
Strategies to Help with Everyday Activities
Everyday tasks, such as eating, dressing, bathing and toileting, and moving from one place to another, become obstacles as ALS progresses over time. Shannon Terrell, DPT offers some tips and techniques to manage these challenges.
Equipment Available to Keep You Mobile
Ellen Alires-Trujillo was diagnosed with ALS in 2020 and is looking for ways she can manage the symptoms of her disease and remain independent for as long as possible. Michele Longo, mobility equipment specialist, explains the options available to help keep Ellen mobile.
Obtaining a Power Wheelchair Customized to Your Needs
Michele Longo, mobility equipment specialist, discusses the importance of working with a specialist who understands ALS and who can anticipate what will be needed in a power wheelchair for maximum independence and long-term comfort.
Caregiver Questions: Using and Maintaining a Power Wheelchair
ALS caregiver Lorenzo Trujillo is interested in learning more about how a power wheelchair can help his spouse Ellen retain her mobility and independence as the disease progresses. Here he speaks with Michele Longo, mobility equipment specialist, who offers answers for concerned caregivers.
The Importance of Stretching and Positioning
Shannon Terrell, DPT, shares simple things anyone can do to prevent muscle or joint pain and other complications related to decreased mobility.
For additional information about managing mobility changes, please refer to the following resources:
- Functioning When Mobility is Affected by ALS
- Managing Symptoms of ALS
- Improving Mobility
- FYI: Mobility & ALS
- FYI: Minimizing Fatigue
- FYI: Dressing with Ease, Style and Comfort
- FYI: Pain in ALS
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who participated in the filming of these videos.
- Ellen Alires-Trujillo and Lorenzo Truijillo, Mark and Kathleen Weston, and Dale and Kari Etchells, for their time and for allowing us to share this very personal journey
- The clinicians who shared their time and expertise
- Our colleagues at The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter
- The staff at Numotion in Denver, Colorado