What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a condition that leads to a gradual and long-term degeneration of the central nervous system. It is a type of condition that can cause problems in the motor system and affect movement. The nerve cells in the brain produce a very important chemical known as dopamine, which sends signals to various parts of the brain that help to control movement. It also helps in smooth functioning of the muscles.
When these nerve cells are affected, they are unable to produce dopamine. As a result, the person does not receive the appropriate signals to the brain, and hence there are problems with movement.
Since it is a progressive disease, it gets worse over time, but the stage from initial to worse often happens slowly and takes many years.
How Care24 can Help
Parkinson’s disease can affect your loved one in various ways. Most common of all, it will affect your loved one’s mobility and the ability to carry on with day to day activities. Our staff is trained and experienced in caring for those who are suffering from Parkinson’s.
With the help of our visiting physiotherapist, you can eliminate the need for your loved one to move out of the house to receive treatment. Also, with personal attention, the chances of recovery are quicker. Every session comes with a minimum time frame of 30 minutes.
Within this time, our physiotherapists will help carry out different exercises to improve mobility and provide ergonomic advice to ensure that your loved one’s condition is not aggravated.
Our specially trained physiotherapists are extremely experienced in caring for those who suffer from various degenerative conditions, such as Parkinson’s, and have mobility issues.
What To Expect On Your First Visit
- The physiotherapist will examine your loved one and understand overall health condition as well as the specific condition for which treatment is required. Once that is done, the therapist will build a proper care plan to cater to all needs.
- The main aim of the physiotherapist will be to first reduce pain, to help your loved one gain mobility and assist him or her in resuming regular functioning and routine. The next goal will be to prevent and reduce chances of any disability by delaying its onset.
- Once the initial healing begins and results start showing, the therapist will improve your loved one’s fitness levels and help them achieve a more active and healthier lifestyle.
As this is a type of progressive degenerative situation, it is extremely important to plan out the entire day. This will ensure that while your loved one gets enough mobility and activity, there are also enough periods of rest. Our care staff will put together a proper patient care plan that will help in taking care of all aspects of life for your loved one. This will also give the caregiver a good idea of how to proceed in the most effective way.
Here are some things that the caregiver will give attention to on a daily basis:
The caregiver will prepare a routine for daily grooming activities such as brushing, shaving, combing, bathing and the like, so that your loved one can get into a regular schedule. Sometimes, the caregiver may use assisting tools to help with severe mobility issues. For instance, toothbrushes that come with spots to loop in the fingers or electric toothbrushes that make it easier to brush independently can be useful. The caregiver will also assist your loved one in getting in and out of clothes.
Using The Washroom
Going to the washroom can be difficult when your loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s, as it creates issues with mobility. The caregiver can help by using a bedside toilet or bedpan. Additionally, the caregiver may also help to install safety rails around the commode to make it easier for your loved one to get up from a seated position.
Hygiene And Cleanliness
Bathing is also an immensely difficult task for a person who is affected with Parkinson’s. The caregiver will make use of various tools that can assist your loved one. There are various shower chairs that can be used, and sponges that have soaps inside them. These can help your loved one take a bath without help and provide some much needed privacy, even as the caregiver is available to assist.
The caregiver will plan a timetable for meal times and allow enough time for your loved one to eat without trying to chew or swallow fast. The caregiver will also make sure that your loved one sits comfortably and the cutlery is lightweight and easy to use.
Conserving Energy And Avoiding Exhaustion
Your loved one should get a good amount of rest through the day, as well as during the night. Planning specific periods of rest will allow him or her to take timed rest. This, in turn, will help your loved one to preserve energy and not get unduly exhausted.
Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Caregiver For A Parkinson’s Patient
Looking after a loved one who is suffering from Parkinson’s can be quite a task. Not only will you have to make sure that all medical and care requirements are met on time, you will also have your own things to take care of on a daily basis.
This is where hiring a professional caregiver can help you.
- Timely Medication And Care – The best treatment for Parkinson’s is often one where doctors try and work on each symptom as a separate condition. It is extremely important to make sure that your loved one takes all medicines on time. Also, a person suffering from Parkinson’s will lose control over movements, making it difficult to perform even the most basic of actions. Your loved one may become completely dependent on the carer, hence it is important to have someone present who can solely devote time to look after him or her.
- Less Feelings Of Frustration And Guilt – When you are caring for a loved one who has Parkinson’s, it can take a toll on your emotions and often make you feel guilty or frustrated. Spending most of your time with the patient can make you feel drained out and leave little time to do anything else, or to relax. This can cause extreme exhaustion, stress and even frustration. A professional caregiver can take care of your loved one at home, so that you can take care of your other responsibilities and your own health without taking away any attention from your loved one.
- Experienced And Methodical Approach – Our professional caregivers are extensively trained to look after specific conditions and know how to approach a particular patient based on behaviour and temperament, as well as medical and emotional needs. At Care24, we make sure that our caregivers are always attuned to the patient’s every need, whether it is physical or emotional, and will provide your loved one with the utmost care, attention and dignity that they deserve.
- Regular Communication With The Doctor And Updates As Required – All our caregivers are trained to directly communicate with the doctors and keep them updated about any progress or concern, as required. The caregiver will keep all prescriptions in place and maintain records related to daily and weekly progress and health overall. As and when required, they will share the same with the doctor in question and also assist in medical visits by going along with the patient, if you so wish.