Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is an illness of uncertain cause and can be referred to by a number of different names. As well as ME, it is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS).

ME is a long-term illness that affects many body systems, especially the nervous and immune systems. The most prevalent symptoms include persistent and severe exhaustion, painful muscles and joints, poor memory and concentration and also disturbed sleep patterns. 

People of all ages and backgrounds can suffer from ME. They can be affected in different ways and severity of their symptoms will vary. Furthermore, it is a variable illness and the symptoms experienced can change over time.

Due to the wide range of symptoms and the variability in their intensity we understand that it is essential that we listen carefully to our clients in order to offer them effective care and support.

In practical terms this means we appreciate that our clients know best when it comes to balancing the level of activity they can sustain with how much rest they need. This means we offer care gently and sensitively and ensure that our carers are fully aware of the variable complexity of this illness.