Parkinson's disease is a degenerative condition that affects the nervous system. This starts as a common 'shakiness' and over time escalates to affect more of the body. It can be a tricky disorder and is not yet fully understood. In-home health care can help people to continue to live independently for as long as possible.
Monitoring physical health
Home health care workers can help to monitor the physical health of a patient with Parkinson's. This can include taking them to occupational and physical therapy sessions, help to ensure that they are taking any prescribed medications (including sleeping tablets to help manage issues with sleeping patterns which are often associated with Parkinson's) and participate in normal exercise as much as possible. In later Parkinson's there can also be difficulty in moving so it can be useful to get some help in washing and personal hygiene tasks.
Monitoring mental health
Parkinson's patients also often suffer from cognitive effects including depression and anxiety, as well as a higher than normal risk of dementia. Healthy care workers can monitor people's mental health during regular visits and if necessary can inform family or doctors so that the Parkinson's patients can be given appropriate support. Some people also find attending a support group with other Parkinson's sufferers can be useful so that they can share experiences with other people undergoing similar experiences. Equally, the regular social support that a home health care worker can provide can also keep people feeling positive and in a good mood.
People with Parkinson's disease can also feel socially isolated by their illness. Home health care workers can help to co-ordinate social visiys such as having friends, children and grandchildren visit the patient so that they can remain socially connected to their support network.
Helping with day-to-day tasks
As people develop a high level of shake they can often get reluctant to cook meals and deal with hot surfaces or knives. Over time this can lead to people not eating a healthy diet, which can increase the risk of other health issues. Home health care workers can help with meal preparation, shopping, and other tasks so that the house can be an easier place to navigate. This can help people to stay independent for as long as possible.
In-home health care is a good way for people with Parkinson's disease remain at home and living independently for as long as possible. For more information, check it out online.