Living with Parkinson’s Disease
Living with Parkinson’s disease does not have to be a burden. Personal care for Parkinson’s disease adapts to fit your current needs and circumstances, no matter how far along in the disease course you are.
There is not an aspect of life that is not affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Simple tasks like getting dressed or standing up become monumental and time consuming. Patients experience trouble walking, often taking short, rapid steps or seem like they are stuck in place. Handwriting becomes small and cramped. Facial expressions and speech are affected too.
Parkinson’s doesn’t just affect motor movements. Patients with Parkinson’s disease often experience cognition changes, even to the point of dementia and memory loss. Patients may experience constipation, incontinence, and sleep disorders. Pain and mood disorders are also common
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease. It changes over time so patient’s needs change too. Activities that took minutes at the onset of the disease can take hours later on. As Parkinson’s progresses, your role as a caregiver needs to change too.
How Active Personal Care can help with Parkinson’s Disease
Active Personal Care understands the ever-changing dynamic of Parkinson’s Disease. We are here to help you however and whenever you need. Maybe you are a new caregiver and need help getting used to the needs of your loved one. Maybe you are in the later stages of the disease and need more constant care. Regardless of where you are in your journey with Parkinson’s, Active Personal Care is here for you.
Some of the ways that we can help include:
- Daily medication assistance
- Meal preparation
- Diet monitoring
- Bathing and dressing assistance
- Safety supervision
- Errand and grocery shopping
- Respite for caregivers
Active Personal Care’s Tips for Caregivers
There are several small things that have been recommended by the Parkinson’s Foundation to help your loved one deal with Parkinson’s disease. Some of these include:
- Try and stick to a daily schedule
- Spend time with your loved one aside from caregiving tasks
- Clear the home of clutter to reduce the risks of falls
- Give enough time for activities, like dressing
- Incorporate extra arm and leg motions during dressing to keep muscles flexible
- Schedule activities when the patient’s medications are working best
- Use an electric razor and toothbrush to make hygiene easier
To learn more about these and other tips for caregivers, visit their website here.
Why Choose Active Personal Care?
Parkinson’s disease changes over time. When changes happen, they often seem overwhelming. No matter where you are on your journey with Parkinson’s disease, it doesn’t have to be a burden. Active Personal Care offers a free, in-home consultation to help identify your needs. Our care plans are customized to fit your needs. Call and see how we can help you enjoy life’s journey today.