Parkinson’s disease is one of the most commonly nervous system disorders. It may result in shaking and lack of coordination, difficulty speaking and swallowing. However, the good news is that individuals with Parkinson’s disease can still live well with the support of a caretaker.
Professional Caretakers can be that support. Providing proper nutrition, help with daily activities, exercise, keeping your loved one’s safe in their own home all are part of our in-home care services.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is one of a larger group of neurological conditions called motor system disorders. It is a progressive, degenerative disorder of the nervous system. Symptoms vary from tremor and involuntary movement to rigidity and immobility. As the disease progresses, the patient’s motor control diminishes impairing speech, swallowing, and increasing the risk of injuries from falling.
In the normal brain, some nerve cells produce the chemical dopamine, which transmits signals within the brain to produce smooth movement of muscles. In Parkinson’s patients, 80 percent or more of these dopamine-producing cells are damaged, dead, or otherwise degenerated. This causes the nerve cells to fire wildly, leaving patients unable to control their movements and emotions.
Symptoms usually show up in one or more of four ways:
- Tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face.
- Rigidity, or stiffness of limbs and trunk.
- Bradykinesia, or slowness of movement.
- Postural instability or impaired balance and coordination.
Though Parkinson’s disease can be crippling or disabling, experts say early symptoms of the disease may be so subtle and gradual that patients sometimes ignore them or attribute them to the effects of aging. At first, patients may feel overly tired, “down in the dumps,” or a little shaky. Their speech may become soft and they may become irritable for no reason. Movements may be stiff, unsteady, or unusually slow.
Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. Treatments for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s differ depending on their symptoms. Some treatments and lifestyle changes that help manage Parkinson’s disease symptoms include:
- Medications prescribed by a physician
- Surgical procedures
- A healthy diet
- Daily exercise, especially exercise that increases flexibility or balance
In-Home Care Services for Parkinson’s Disease
Our caretakers can provide the steady, focused attention and care that’s required to support the lifestyle changes that affect loved ones with Parkinson’s Disease. They can also assist in physical and speech therapies, and provide other support that’s critical in caring for patients with this illness, including:
- Preventing falls and helping with stairs, getting up and down from chairs or beds.
- Helping with feeding, bathing, grooming and other tasks.
- Taking swallowing precautions with foods for clients who have difficulties
- Ensuring an upright posture when eating to reduce choking.
- Administering gastrostomy or feeding tubes for food and medications when needed for advanced cases.
For those with or caring for someone with Parkinson’s Disease, sometimes a little extra help is needed. If you choose Professional Caretakers to help you, our skilled and trained caretakers will help deliver home care that helps manage symptoms, monitors safety, but ensures independence where possible. Home care is all about living near family or loved ones, so we strive to take care of each and every one of our clients like family. It’s not just our skilled caretakers, it’s also that personal approach to home care that sets us apart.
Call 877-921-9500 or complete the form on the right to get in touch and see how we can help provide the best care for your loved one.