Caring for a family member diagnosed with Parkinson’s presents several challenges, which is especially true when the disorder progresses. There are many considerations that need attention if you are planning on providing home care. Here are some of the things you should do after your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
There are many resources available for information concerning Parkinson’s. You will find numerous online websites that provide general information about the disorder along with medications and treatments. Your community might also have a support group. Accompany your loved one to healthcare appointments, and do not be afraid to ask questions. During the initial phase of the disease, learn all you can about the long-term prognosis, Parkinson’s symptoms, and complications of having other medical conditions. Research clinical studies and alternative treatments.
After receiving a Parkinson’s diagnosis, seniors can benefit from receiving comprehensive Parkinson’s care. Arvada seniors can trust in the caregivers at Home Care Assistance to help them manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s and maintain a high quality of life.
Address Daily Care Needs
Seniors living with Parkinson’s desire to remain as independent as possible. The need for help in accomplishing daily activities varies depending on the stage of the disease and the effectiveness of treatments. Gauge the care you need to provide based on your loved one’s current needs. In time, he or she may require an extensive amount of help with dressing, bathing, feeding, toileting, and more.
If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Arvada seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
Depending on the severity of the condition, your loved one may require various medications for Parkinson’s. Ensure all of your loved one’s medication prescriptions are filled as needed. Monitor for possible side effects and medication interactions, and make sure your loved one receives his or her medications at the appropriate times. It’s especially important to inform healthcare providers about side effects your loved one experiences to ensure he or she is receiving the right meds and dosages.
In addition to providing daily care and running errands, your role as a caregiver may also include making financial decisions and managing the household money. You may also be called upon to approve environmental modifications and pay for medications, treatments, and therapies.
Address Behavioral Changes
It is not unusual for seniors with Parkinson’s to experience anxiety, depression, or anger as they lose control over what is happening to their bodies. They may become frustrated when unable to accomplish a task. For the safety of your loved one, you may need to set limits. When emotions and moods seem continually out of control, you may need to relay the information to your loved one’s healthcare provider.
Take Care of Yourself
To stay emotionally, mentally, and physically strong for your loved one, you must take time for yourself. Establish a time each week to take a break and engage in some type of activity you enjoy. Maintain a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and stay physically fit. Reach out to others when you need help.
If you are the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality in-home care, Arvada Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your aging loved one, call us at (720) 642-1600 today.