Families who opt to provide Parkinson’s care services at home know that the progressive nature of the disease means that management strategies and care requirements will change with time.
Medication management is an important part of controlling Parkinson’s symptoms. As the disease progresses, response to medication will change. Frequent dosing and re-assessment of the medication regimen will be necessary.
Keeping track of simultaneous changes in response, symptoms and side effects is a central part of caring for someone with the disease.
Difficulty with movement, posture and balance present fall and bone fracture risks and can deter those diagnosed from engaging in physical activity.
Other manifestations of the disease that affect cognition, speech and altered facial expressions present challenges with communication. Some patients will withdraw and isolate themselves if they feel embarrassed by these symptoms.
As such, those caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s should place priority on engaging the patient in activities involving exercise and socialization.
In order to provide the best possible Parkinson’s care services at home, it is imperative that the caregiver understand the disease, its presentation, progression, and the distinctive areas of care that require special attention.