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Home Care-Helping your Parent after a Diagnosis of Parkinson’s

Home Care in Havana FL

Parkinson’s causes certain nerve cells within the brain to breakdown. This, in turn, limits the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter produced within the brain that sends signals that Home-Care-in-Havana-FLcontrols movement and emotions.  The disease is slow-moving, but it is progressive. The main symptoms are tremors, stiff movement and problems with balance and walking. As a family caregiver, helping your parent cope with the ever-changing environment associated with this disease is one of the greatest gifts you can give a parent with Parkinson’s.

Know What to Expect

Because of the varied symptoms associated with Parkinson’s and the very different way it affects one person to another, it is difficult to precisely determine what lies ahead. In some ways, it is detrimental to predict. While Mary, down the street, may no longer have any mobility, your parent may retain their mobility for years to come. Taking one day at a time and expecting the best can help you and your parent adopt a half-full glass kind of attitude. And attitude is everything when faced with this degenerative disease.

Mobility—Physically and Socially

As mobility declines, know when it’s time to get your parent help. This can include mobility aids such as walkers and canes as well as the aid of senior care providers. These professionals have cared for countless individuals facing this disease and know tips for communication as well as helping them stay as active as possible. They can accompany your parent on daily walks as well as provide transportation to the senior community center for social events and other outings. It’s important that your parent remain socially active and not stow themselves away in their home. At times, joining a Parkinson’s support group is very beneficial, giving them the opportunity to converse and become friends with those facing the same disease.

Be Patient

As Parkinson’s progresses, it’s important to remember that the changes you see in your parent are the result of a disease and not the result of a personality gone awry. It may take them much longer to perform certain activities and their own frustration may become evident. Resist the urge to jump in and finish the task for them. Take your time. Laugh. Enjoy these precious moments. When you find you need help, consider the services of a senior care provider who can assist with the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing and preparing meals when it becomes too difficult for your parent to complete.

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

 

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.