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How Can You Help Your Loved One Deal with Challenges with Dressing as They Cope with PD?

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As a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, you already know that their symptoms and challenges are far more than just the obvious tremors or the sleepingElder-Care-in-Perry-FL difficulties. The challenges that your loved one faces on a daily basis have far-reaching impacts that influence their ability to manage all types of tasks in their life, including the ones that you might see as the most basic and take for granted. For your loved one, however, not being able to handle these tasks in the same way that they used to, or even not at all, can be emotionally difficult and lead to loss of motivation and depression as they progress through their disease. Helping them to cope with these challenges and find ways to continue maintaining as much of their independence as possible is an important part of giving them the level of care that they deserve and supporting a high quality of life as they progress through the disease.

 

The motor skill symptoms common among those suffering from PD can make it difficult for your aging parent to dress themselves. Use these tips to help them manage this task with greater confidence, less challenge, and less energy:

  • Give them time. You know how stressful it is to rush around in the morning trying to get ready. If you try to hurry your loved one along as they are getting dressed, they will feel the same stress, and this can lead to worsened symptoms. Instead, give your parent plenty of time to get ready so that they feel calm, relaxed, and in control.
  • Dress during a “good” time. Most people suffering from PD experience a range of symptoms throughout the day. There is no hard and fast rule that says that your parent has to get dressed as soon as they get out of bed. Instead, encourage them to wait for a time when they are feeling at their best and their medications are at their most effective so that they are experiencing as few symptoms as possible as they get dressed.
  • Choose “easy” clothes. Tremor and rigidity can make it difficult to use zippers and small buttons, or to navigate tight neck holes in clothing. Choose garments that do not feature these characteristics and instead are easy to get on and comfortable.

 

If your aging parent has recently received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or is suffering increased symptoms that might make it challenging for them to handle specific tasks during their day, now is the time for you to start elderly care for them. This highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider are designed to specifically address your loved one’s individual symptoms, challenges, and limitations in a way that takes into account their personality, thoughts, beliefs, lifestyle, and goals so that they can maintain their quality of life in a way that is right for them. This care provider’s schedule is also customized to your parent based on the care efforts that you are able to give them, ensuring that you remain at the forefront of their care journey and are able to give them as much of the care, love, and support that you can. When it comes to helping your parent with tasks such as dressing, this care provider can show respect and dignity that reduces the emotional impact of these challenges and helps your parent to feel more in control and independent even as they are accepting help. This assistance can make an impact on the rest of your parent’s day, helping them to have more energy and more confidence to handle other challenges that might present themselves.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Perry, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source:  http://www.parkinson.org/understanding-parkinsons/living-well/activities-of-daily-living/getting-dressed

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.