Parkinson’s 101

Happy patient is holding caregiver for a hand while spending time together.There is no simple way to deal with the life-changing event of a Parkinson’s diagnosis. The good news: Most people find acceptance and quality of life after the initial adjustment period.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) occurs when brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical that coordinates movement, stop working or die. Because PD can cause tremor, slowness, stiffness, and walking and balance problems, it is called a “movement disorder.” But constipation, depression, memory problems and other non-movement symptoms also can be part of Parkinson’s. PD is a lifelong and progressive disease, which means that symptoms slowly worsen over time.

The experience of living with Parkinson’s over the course of a lifetime is unique to each person. As symptoms and progression vary from person to person, neither you nor your doctor can predict which symptoms you will get, when you will get them or how severe they will be. Even though broad paths of similarity are observed among individuals with PD as the disease progresses, there is no guarantee you will experience what you see in others.

Caring for someone with Parkinson’s requires patience, an understanding of Parkinson’s symptoms and our trained caregivers in Parkinson’s Disease Care will help you through these difficult times. Our caregivers work hard to ensure that our clients with Parkinson’s maintain their independence and are empowered to live a more fulfilling and enriched life. In addition to assistance with activities of daily living, our specialized Parkinson’s home care includes:

  • Nutrition and Meal Planning – A healthy diet is essential for those with Parkinson’s disease to help strengthen muscles and bones.
  • Personal Supervision and Home Safety – Parkinson’s disease often causes an unsteady gait, resulting in trips and falls.
  • Daily Mobility – Some people with Parkinson’s disease need extra help with the activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, eating and using the bathroom. Our skilled caregivers are sensitive to the slowed pace the neuromuscular disorder presents, and we respect privacy and the need for a normal routine.
  • Exercise – For people with Parkinson’s disease, exercise is vital to maintaining balance, mobility and strength. Our home caregivers can assist with stretching, walking and other light exercise programs.
  • Transportation – Driving can be difficult or restricted for Parkinson’s patients. Our caregivers are able to drive you to your doctor appointments, shopping or just have a day out.
  • Family caregiver relief – Caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease can be physically demanding and emotionally exhausting. We provide respite care for family caregivers and peace of mind for everyone involved in the care network.

Forever Safe Home Care knows first-hand what your day-to-day challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease is like. You can trust our caregivers to provide you with the compassionate support your family needs and deserves.