Most of us are aware of Parkinson’s Disease, we may know someone or have just heard it mentioned. Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects both motor and non-motor systems. The symptoms emerge slowly and as it progresses it is common to see more non-motor symptoms. How can Home Health be beneficial for Parkinson’s Patient Care?
Today I wanted to talk a little about why Home Healthcare would be extra beneficial for Parkinson’s Patient Care
There are several benefits of home healthcare for Parkinson’s patient care.
Medical Management – Parkinson’s disease often requires complex medication management. A home health caregiver can help manage medication schedules and ensure that the person with Parkinson’s disease takes their medication correctly. It’s often confusing for a spouse or loved one to keep the medications straight. Having an experienced person is helpful in ensuring the proper medication schedule.
- Personal Care – Parkinson’s Disease can make it difficult for a person to perform activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. Home health care providers can assist in personal care matters. As Parkinson’s Disease often occurs in older adults, it is difficult for a spouse to even help with the things like bathing. The Parkinson’s patient often loses balance causing a spouse to suffer a fall as well.
- Mobility Assistance – Parkinson’s Disease is known to cause mobility issues, such as tremors and stiffness. These can make it difficult to get around. Home healthcare personnel can provide assistance with mobility. This may include walking, getting in and out of bed, in and out of the shower, and other mobility needs.
- The Safety of a Patient – Parkinson’s disease increases the risk of falls because of the tremors, stiffness, etc. mentioned above. When a Parkinson’s Patient falls it can cause serious injuries to those trying to help. A trained caregiver can help prevent falls by assisting with mobility, ensuring proper footwear, and helping create a safe living environment for a patient with a greater risk of falls.
- And lastly, Companionship – Isolation and depression are often common among Parkinson’s patients. A caregiver can provide companionship and emotional support, reducing feelings of loneliness and depression.
Overall, a home health caregiver can offer invaluable support to people with Parkinson’s disease, enabling them to live comfortably and confidently at home. Parkinson’s Patient Care presents a good opportunity for a patient to be able to stay in their own home as long as possible.
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