Parkinson’s Disease Home Care & Support – Parkinson’s Caregivers
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects motor skills. The nervous system is like a communication center and helps one make sense of what is happening inside and outside the body. Parkinson’s disease usually begins when a person is in his/her 50’s or 60’s. The cause is unknown at this time. Parkinson’s disease touches every area of the individual’s life. Care partners and family, especially spouses, are also affected. Knowledge of specific training and holistic approaches are key to providing the best services to persons affected by Parkinson’s and their family members.
Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can include:
The symptoms of Parkinson’s are caused by over-activity or under-activity of cholinergic or dopamine (chemical messengers in the brain).
- Weakness and stiffness
- Slumped, bent-over posture
- Shuffling walk or poor balance
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Mood changes
Intervention and Management for Parkinson’s Disease Patients
Treatments mainly address issues of mobility including slowness of movement, freezing, rigidity and stiffness and involuntary movements. Medication reminders are very important here relating to time sensitivity of the peak time due to the drug.
- Maintain mobility
- Encourage range-of-motion (ROM) exercises per care plan (second-most important treatment after medication)
- Maintain adequate nutrition and fluid
- Maintain a safe environment
- Maintain independence
- Keep the client’s room free of clutter
- Encourage the client to use assistive devices for walking.
- Incorporate frequent rest periods
- Give small, frequent meals high in fiber
- Encourage the client to increase fluid intake
- Keep tasks simple
- Support the client by listening to his/her concerns about his/her loss of abilities
Nutritional Considerations for Parkinson’s Disease Patients
If weight loss is a problem, serve foods the person still enjoys (sweet is the flavor to go). A client with Parkinson’s eats most effectively when they have independence so:
- Cut food into small pieces
- Utilize special utensils, cups for beverages, plates with lips, and non-slip surfaces for plates
- If swallowing becomes a problem, foods may need to be pureed, liquids thickened or the family may consider a feeding tube
- Watch for excess saliva
- Offer hard candy or gum that can help the client remember to swallow
- Eat a balanced diet with all of the daily nutritional requirements
- Maintain bone health
- Maintain bowel regularity, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and increase fluids as tolerated
Your Trusted Source for In Home Health Care and Support for Parkinson’s Disease Patients – Parkinson’s In-Home Caregivers
Homewatch CareGivers offers In Home Care Services for Parkinson’s Disease Patients throughout Chicago and the North Shore suburbs including both Cook County and Lake County. We provide our home care, senior care and dementia care services to residents of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Fort Sheridan, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Forest, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Libertyville, Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka.
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