Home Care for a Loved One with Parkinson's is Different
If you are providing home care for a loved one suffering from Parkinson's Disease, you probably already know that there are special steps that you need to take to ensure that your loved one is able to safely stay in their home. Parkinson's Disease, which is characterized by shaking, difficulty walking and moving, and trouble breathing and swallowing, is one of the most common nervous system disorders in the elderly- so if you are feeling the stress of making sure your home care provides a safe environment for your loved one, you're certainly not alone. Here are some things to expect when caring for a loved one with Parkinson's Disease that may differ from other types of illnesses:
As Parkinson's Disease progresses, you may notice that your loved one is having serious issues with their coordination, thinking, and reflex abilities. This means that your home care may need to encompass things that your loved one was previously able to do themselves. For example, Parkinson's frequently degrades the coordination necessary for driving to doctors appointments or to complete household errands.
Physical symptoms that respond better to non-medication alternatives
Many who live with Parkinson's find that their symptoms are better relieved with treatments like group exercises and water therapy in conjunction with medication than medication alone. Encouraging your loved one to take part in simple stretches or motor exercises can help to relieve symptoms, but the importance of medication should not be neglected.
Inconsistent responses to medication
One of the most commonly prescribed medications to treat Parkinson's Disease is levodopa, a dopamine promoter. Fluctuations in the effectiveness of levodopa is a common phenomenon, meaning that it is much more difficult to anticipate caregiver needs in advance.
Caregivers who are responsible for providing for the needs of a loved one with Parkinson's need to be extremely understanding and flexible; this can contribute to high levels of caregiver stress. If you find that your caregiver responsibilities are contributing to strain on your mental health or the relationship that you have with your loved one, respite care from Comfort Keepers of Canton, GA can help your loved one remain safe and secure in their own home while you take time for yourself. Comfort Keepers services are available on a full-time or part-time basis, and can help your loved one by providing professional care during their time of need.
Remember- caregiver stress is a serious problem. Make sure to take time for yourself, and don't be afraid to ask for help. If you need help, our caregivers are available to assist. Watch Jack’s Story to learn more about a family we helped.
We support the American Parkinson Disease Association’s Georgia Chapter. They are a wonderful source for information, support and encouragement. Visit their site at: www.APDAParkinson.org/GA
Comfort Keepers of Canton provides in home care services in the following cities and neighborhoods in Georgia:
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