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Home Care Can Help Seniors Who Have Parkinson’s Disease Remain Safe in Their Own Home

By: Expert Author Rosaleen Doherty, Owner, Right at Home, North Boston MA

Home CareHome Care and Parkinson’s Disease

Seniors with health conditions can benefit from home care companions. Many aging adults need extra help with various tasks. An aging adult may still want to remain in their home. A home care companion has been educated about caring for aging adults with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease occurs in some seniors over the age of 50. This condition can cause physical difficulties. Aging adults may have problems walking while trying to maintain their gait. They often walk slowly due to rigid muscles. Constant shaking is an additional symptom that creates independent living issues. Some aging adults with Parkinson’s disease have rapidly changing emotions and moods. It can become difficult for family members to provide constant care for a senior with Parkinson’s disease. Finding an experienced home care companion is important for a senior with this condition.

How Home Care Companions Help

A senior may need assistance with walking and household chores. The aging adult’s symptoms can vary each day. A companion can be sensitive to the needs of the senior. They can assist with the aging adult’s personal care. Seniors may need assistance with bathing, dental hygiene and dressing. A home care companion can launder the aging adults clothing. Many home care companions shop for food, and prepare nutritious meals for seniors with Parkinson’s disease. Individuals with this condition can have special food requirements. This is due to difficulties with the stomach digesting food correctly. Some seniors have problems swallowing food, which requires assistance from a home care companion to avoid choking.

Long-Term Home Care

Parkinson’s disease progressively worsens. Each senior will have a different speed of progression. A home care companion can make sure a senior is taking their medications and receiving adequate nutrition. Seniors with this condition can benefit from exercise. This can help keep muscles flexible. An individual with this condition may begin to have problems with balance. This means a senior can easily fall, and become injured. Individuals with Parkinson’s disease often have insomnia. This can cause a senior to be tired during the day. An aging adult may need a home care companion to be in the home day and night. Some seniors may decide to have a live-in home care companion as their symptoms become worse. Palliative home care may be necessary toward the end-stage of Parkinson’s disease.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com

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