Tips for Caring for a Loved One With Parkinson’s Disease

An in-home caregiver helps a woman walk with a walker. Getting help in caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease is a crucial part of care for yourself and the senior who needs care.

Get some helpful tips for caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease that can improve everyone’s quality of life.


 

Parkinson’s disease can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, requiring specialized care and support to manage symptoms effectively. For caregivers, caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease demands patience, empathy, and a deep understanding of their specific needs. Our caregivers have compiled some valuable tips for family caregivers to enhance the care they provide:

  1. Get Educated: Take the time to learn about Parkinson’s disease, its symptoms, progression, and available treatments. Understanding the condition will help you anticipate challenges, discover resources, and provide better support to the older loved one.
  2. Encourage Physical Activity: Regular exercise is crucial for managing Parkinson’s symptoms and maintaining mobility. Encourage the loved one to engage in activities like walking, swimming, or gentle stretching exercises. Work with your loved one’s doctor to create an exercise routine that is appropriate for their current level of health and that focuses on balance, flexibility, and strength.
  3. Create a Supportive Environment: Make modifications to the home environment to ensure safety and accessibility. Remove tripping hazards like throw rugs and electrical cords, install grab bars in the bathroom, and use non-slip mats to prevent falls. Arrange furniture to allow for easy movement and consider using assistive devices like walking aids or adaptive utensils.
  4. Establish a Routine: Parkinson’s disease can cause fluctuations in energy levels and mobility. Establishing a consistent daily routine can provide structure and stability, reducing stress and anxiety for both you and your loved one.
  5. Monitor Medications and Be Observant: Keep track of your loved one’s medications and ensure they are taken as prescribed. Missed medications can lead to a flare up of symptoms and a decrease in function and overall health. Consider setting reminders on the senior’s phone or using pill boxes to make sure medications get taken on time. Also be aware of potential side effects and consult their healthcare provider if you observe any changes in symptoms or behavior.
  6. Promote Healthy Nutrition: A balanced diet is essential for overall health and well-being. Encourage your loved one to eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods, stay hydrated, and avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption.
  7. Stay Connected: Social interaction is vital for mental and emotional health. Encourage your loved one to stay engaged with friends, family, and community activities. Consider joining a support group for Parkinson’s caregivers to connect with others facing similar challenges.

Don’t Neglect Yourself

While providing care for a senior with Parkinson’s disease can be rewarding, it can also be physically and emotionally demanding. It’s essential to recognize when additional support is needed. A professional home care team, like Golden Harmony, can offer invaluable assistance, ranging from personal care and medication management to companionship and respite care. By combining your dedication as a caregiver with professional assistance from home care providers, you can ensure that your loved one receives the comprehensive care and support they need to live their best life despite Parkinson’s disease. Together, we can navigate the challenges of this condition with compassion, resilience, and unwavering support.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or need help with caregiving responsibilities, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support. As a member of the Parkinson’s Foundation’s Community Partners in Parkinson’s Care, our caregivers are specially trained in the unique care needs of those battling the condition. This additional level of education and knowledge sets us apart and ensures the highest level of care for someone you love.

Contact us online or give us a call at 919-426-7522 for more information about how our services can help you in caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease. Golden Harmony offers in-home Parkinson’s care in Wake Forest, Raleigh, Cary, and throughout the surrounding areas of North Carolina.