Did you know that around one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson’s Disease? If you or a loved one is one of these million, know you are not alone.
This often unexpected and confusing diagnosis has no known cure; however, effective treatments exist. Treatment paired with personalized home care services can lessen the effects of this disease and vastly improve your lifestyle.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Defined by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, this disease is, “a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time.” The most familiar symptom is the tremor that often affects the hands and fingers, but other common symptoms include slowed movement, impaired posture, balance, and coordination, and muscle stiffness or rigidity. Men are more likely to be affected than women, and the disease typically develops around or after age 60.
The symptoms are due to the gradual breakdown of nerve cells in the brain known as neurons. Many of the neurons that are affected produce dopamine, which is the chemical that sends messages controlling movement to the brain. As Parkinson’s progresses, the brain produces less dopamine, which leads to continued loss of movement and control.
Though there is no known cause or cure, there are medications and surgeries that can treat the symptoms. As Parkinson’s continues to progress, it can also be beneficial to work with a Home Care Professional to improve quality of life.
Benefits of Home Care
Home Care can offer much-needed support to those affected by Parkinson’s Disease and their loved ones. Here are a few benefits of home care:
- Daily Mobility: Tasks like bathing and dressing become more difficult as the disease advances. A home caregiver is trained to assist with these daily activities.
- Medication Management: Often a combination of medications is necessary to treat symptoms, and keeping up with of all of them can be tricky. Home care professionals can assist with reminders and special equipment that can help you keep track of your meds and ensure that you are taking the right dosages at the right times.
- Injury Prevention and Supervision: Parkinson’s affects balance and control, and home care can help you safeguard your home to prevent injuries and falls and even provide supervision when needed.
- Nutrition and Exercise: It has been shown that a healthy diet and regular exercise can help lessen the effects of Parkinson’s. Caregivers can assist with meal planning, grocery shopping, exercise, and stretching.
- Transportation: Driving privileges can be restricted as this disease progresses. Senior transportation services set up rides when family or friends are unavailable.
Trusted Florida Home Care with 360 Healthcare
360 Healthcare offers compassionate and personalized home care, transportation, PERS, and medication management services throughout Palm Beach County. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, we would love to set up a free in-home consultation to discuss the benefits of home care with you and your family.
We care about your wellness and safety and can help determine which services best fit your needs. Call 360 Healthcare at 561-400-0505 today and request a free care evaluation.