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Each year, more than 60,000 people in the U.S. are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. This disease is a chronic, progressive brain disorder that causes uncontrollable body movements, muscle stiffness, and balance and coordination difficulties. With the progression of the disease, many people prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, rather than move to an assisted living facility or nursing home. While their adult children or other family members could provide care, this could become difficult as their needs change over time. However, many families choose professional in-home care to allow their loved ones to remain safe at home for longer while receiving the care they need. If you’re considering in-home care, here are some ways it can help your loved one with Parkinson’s.
Appointments and Transportation
Parkinson’s disease can be complicated and require periodic medical management. It is likely your loved one will have frequent appointments with doctors and therapists for physical, occupational, or speech therapy. A caregiver can provide transportation if needed and accompany them to these appointments.
Your loved one may be taking several medications which are only effective when taken correctly. A caregiver can provide medication reminders as well as pick up prescriptions if needed.
Getting proper nutrition is important for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. A caregiver can prepare meals as recommended by their doctor and do any necessary grocery shopping. If your loved one has difficulty feeding themselves, a trained caregiver can also help with this.
Fall Prevention and Mobility Assistance
Tremors, muscle stiffness, and balance issues often increase the risk of falls for people with Parkinson’s disease. A trained caregiver can help your loved one by providing hands-on assistance to help them walk and get in and out of bed or chairs safely.
Assist with Personal Care
Personal care such as bathing, dressing, and using the toilet can become increasingly difficult with the progression of Parkinson’s disease. A professional caregiver can assist your loved one with these daily activities while preserving their dignity. Caregivers can also assist with light housekeeping, laundry, and various other tasks.
Parkinson’s can often cause seniors to become socially isolated. Even if it has impacted their speech and made conversations difficult, a trained caregiver has the patience, understanding, and awareness to encourage positive social interaction.
Following the doctor’s prescribed exercises can be done safely with a caregiver close by, helping to create confidence and motivation. Physical activity can also help maintain muscle tone and flexibility, which may even slow the progression of Parkinson’s.
Contact Comfort Keepers in Tom’s River, NJ
Comfort Keepers of Tom’s River is here to support your loved one with Parkinson’s disease by providing in-home care that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you would like to learn more about our in-home care services, contact Comfort Keepers at (732) 228-4200 today.