Are you caring for someone with Parkinson’s Disease? At Independent People Homecare we understand how challenging the condition can be for them and those closest to them.
Read our 10 top tips caring for someone with Parkinson’s Disease
- Look after yourself and ask for help
It’s important that you are physically and emotionally in tip top condition so ensure you have time to relax. Remember to ask for help from other family members and friends or even hire someone like a Live-in Carer to assist you in providing care. Try not put your life on hold. Continue to meet with friends and participate in hobbies and you will less likely to feel resentful
- Be organised
Compile a folder full of their medical notes, appointments, telephone numbers and medication details. This way you’ll be able to take this with you to each appointment so you have everything to hand. You’ll also probably be the first person to notice any changes in their symptoms and behaviour so make a note of these and discuss with your GP.
- Allow independence
Your loved one will want to hold onto their independence for as long as possible. Don’t try to do everything for your loved one. Allow them the time to complete daily activities on their own, such as washing and dressing.
- Educate yourself about Parkinson’s disease
Talk to your doctor about that to expect and learn as much as you can about Parkinson’s disease. Read up about symptoms and keep up-to-date with the latest news. That way you’ll understand what to expect in their behaviour or symptoms.
- Daily Exercise
Exercise has proven to be extremely helpful for people with Parkinson’s disease. Research finds that exercise helps the brain use dopamine — a chemical involved in movement, more efficiently. Encourage them to get moving by taking a walk together every day or sign up for a dance or yoga class together.
- Join a support group
Find out from your GP if there are any support groups in your local area. There are a number of online forums and Facebook groups for those caring for someone with Parkinson’s Disease. Sharing your thoughts and asking for advice will give you both practical and emotional support reassuring you that you are not alone.
Open and honest communication is vital as you’ll both have to adjust to your new roles in the relationship. Your loved one may become resentful and mood swings and depression are common in Parkinson’s disease.
- Family Affairs
Although it’s not easy to discuss these topics, you should discuss the future and be informed of your loved one’s wishes regarding wills, power of attorney and end-of-life decisions.
- Caregivers’ rights
Everyone’s financial situation is different. Find out if you are entitled to any disability or carer’s benefits.
- Parkinson’s Homecare Services Remember you are not alone. Caring for someone with Parkinson’s requires an understanding of Parkinson’s symptoms, patience and the recognition of the importance of medication timing. This where our Parkinson’s live-in carers can provide care and support for you on a short or long-term basis.
Respite care for Parkinson’s Caregivers
Our Parkinson’s Carers are here to help you take break. Whether that’s taking a well-earned rest for a few days or more long-term care. Find out how our Parkinson respite care services can help today.
To arrange a no obligation FREE care assessment, contact us today.