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Home Care for Seniors With Parkinson's Disease

Home Care for Seniors With Parkinson's Disease

Talk through your family's home care needs with an expert Care Advisor.

As partners of the National Parkinson Foundation, our caregivers follow best practices in care for Parkinson's disease.

If you or a loved one is struggling with Parkinson’s and would like to explore home care assistance options contact one of our home care representatives today and we’ll get in touch with you immediately to explore and personalize a plan.

Call or text us at 866-454-8346 to be connected with a Parkinson's Advisor.

Home Care for Seniors That Have Parkinson’s

At Home Care Assistance, you and your family’s health, wellness and comfort is our number one priority.

It’s our mission to ensure the highest quality standards of specialty care and assistance for you and your loved ones. We’ve partnered with the Parkinson’s Foundation which has allowed us to incorporate the latest research into our customized care plans for our clients with Parkinson’s. This gives us access to cutting edge breakthroughs in medication and treatments, which we’re able to then pass on to our clients.

We understand that living with Parkinson’s disease can be difficult, both for the patient and the family. As a chronic, neurodegenerative disease it can be emotionally difficult to handle. At Home Care Assistance, our philosophy is based on a “family first” approach to the way we treat and serve our clients.

We Are Here to Help When You Need Us

Call 1-866-454-8346

  • On Call 24/7 for Client Needs
  • Flexible and Fast Scheduling
  • Regular Quality Assurance
  • Thorough Care Management and Family Support
  • Double the Care Team Staff of Other Agencies

Treatment Options for Parkinson’s Disease

While there is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are a variety of options one can do to manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life for the one who is suffering.

Often times, these treatment options can help manage and relieve symptoms to somewhat normal standard that will allow the person to enjoy life.

In most cases, treatments for Parkinson’s disease are designed to help maintain overall quality of life, improve mobility and function, reduce tremor and rigidity, reverse slowed movements, maintain mental sharpness and improve overall posture, speech, writing skills and balance.

Treatments approaches include medication, lifestyle modifications, home care assistance, physical therapy, exercise, surgery, support groups and speech therapy.

At Home Care Assistance, we provide the highest quality standard of care that uses an innovative, science-based approach that helps elevate senior’s quality of life all around the country.

By matching quality caregivers to clients, we work closely with families to create personalized and unique care plans that ensure optimal quality of life for their senior or loved one. Our philosophy is based upon experience, personalized care and joy to help our clients achieve the absolute best quality of living during their special phase of life.

Contact one of our specialists to learn more about how we can help your loved one today.

There are a variety of drugs and medications that you can speak to your doctor about that may help with various symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but will vary on an individual and case basis.

Surgery options include deep brain stimulation, Pallidotomy, Thalamotomy and Gamma Knife. There are many other procedures being researched as well with the hope that under these surgical treatments, doctors will be able to regrow the damaged dopamine producing nerve cells so they can producing dopamine again thus reversing all of the symptoms.

Alternative treatments are also been explored as well. In recent years, Vitamin E has been one of the most common supplements that could help reverse the progression of the disease, however this is still being debated by the scientific community.

While Parkinson’s disease is a fairly complex neurological disease, the symptoms that lead up to it are fairly well defined and structured. If you or a loved one notice any symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease, make sure to see your family doctor and get a proper diagnosis to ensure you stay proactive on maintaining your health.

If you or a loved one is struggling with Parkinson’s and would like to explore home care assistance options contact one of our home care representatives today and we’ll get in touch with you immediately to explore and personalize a plan.

If you or a loved one are suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and are looking for a hands on, experienced home care provider for Parkinson’s Disease, then you’ve come to the right place.

As the second largest provider of professionally staffed in-home caregivers, we specialize in improving quality of life for our clients Parkinson’s Disease.

Our primary goal is to improve and extend the quality of life of our client’s. We do so by offering a holistic approach through our Balanced Care Method that assists with multiple aspects of activities of daily living while promoting personal independence and growth. Our highly trained and experienced in-home caregivers accomplish this while providing respite and peace of mind for the family.

Home Care Assistance Can Help With:

Transportation and Errands

Our transportation assistance is a valuable aspect of our Parkinson’s care plan as often times, driving can be difficult or almost impossible with those suffering from the disease. Home Care Assistance provides transportation and rides for our clients to appointments, the grocery store, therapy or other programs. This takes a huge weight off the shoulders of the families and allows them to maintain their own schedules and saves time taken off work.

Meal Preparation and Nutrition

A healthy diet plays a key role in those with Parkinson’s disease. A clean, healthy and nutrient dense diet is critical because it helps to strengthen muscles and bones while reducing muscle atrophy and excess fat accumulation. Home Care Assistance can help prepare healthy meals that will provide your family the nutrition they need to maintain good health and vitality in their later years.

Personal Hygiene, Bathing and Dressing

With Parkinson’s, it will become difficult to accomplish some of the more common tasks we’re used to doing on our own. We provide assistance to aide our clients in achieving these daily tasks while providing guidance and support to maintain independence.

Medication Reminders

Our caregivers keep a sharp eye on the clock and ensure that your family member or loved one always gets the correct medication on time.

Mobility Assistance

Our trained Parkinson’s disease caregivers will give daily support and provide mobility assistance to those who need it. Our skilled caregivers are sensitive to our client’s needs to move and be independent and they provide support in instances when our clients need extra help because of muscular stiffness, shakes or tremors.

Companionship and Activities

One of the most valuable experiences that comes out of our program is the lifelong friendships and support our clients develop with our caregivers. Having someone around to help clients engage socially is an essential part of good mental health and we take pride in the relationships that we create.

Emotional Support for the Patient and Family

Parkinson’s disease can be emotionally exhausting and physically demanding, that’s why we offer support for our patients and their family through our hands-on care management. At Home Care Assistance, our family first philosophy drives our continued work towards providing a total holistic approach to managing and improving the lives of our clients with Parkinson’s disease.

Our Highly Trained and Specialized Approach:

Our highly trained Parkinson’s caretakers have the vision, knowledge and know how to plan ahead and to see things before they happen.

Each of our clients receive a professional needs and in-home safety assessment and personalized care planning service prior to coming on board to ensure our care goals are planned out and met.

Contact us today to speak with a Care Advisor near you and schedule a complimentary consultation.

What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's is a debilitating condition that affects the lives of more than 1 million people in the United States and about 4 million people worldwide every year. Over 60,000 people are diagnosed annually and the figures become even higher when you take into account those who have Parkinson’s but are living with it undetected.

Because Parkinson’s disease symptoms happen gradually as one ages, many people do not seek the proper medical help when they start to experience Parkinson’s related symptoms because they think it’s a normal part of the aging process.

It’s currently the second most common neurologically degenerative disease, second to Alzheimer’s.

"According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the economic toll of the disease in the USA is nearly $25 billion annually including direct and indirect costs."

It primarily affects people in their 60’s or older but can occur as early as age in 20’s (young-onset) or even younger which is known as juvenile-onset Parkinson's disease. Notably, males have a 50% higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than females.

It’s a disorder most well known for causing notable movement disorders such as tremors, shakiness, poor posture, poor balance and can even affect the ability to speak.

People with Parkinson's may also experience stiffness in certain parts of their muscles and body and may find it difficult to carry out certain movements as fluidly and as rapidly as before, this is called bradykinesia. While these seem to be the most common symptoms, Parkinson’s is actually a very complex disease and can cause many different symptoms as well which we’ll discuss in just further down below.

What Causes Parkinson's Disease

Now that you have a better understanding of what Parkinson’s disease is, let’s explore more in depth what causes this debilitating disease.

Parkinson’s is primarily a neurological disease that caused by a loss of nerve cells in the brain known as the substantia nigra. These cells are responsible for making one of the primary neurotransmitters in your brain called dopamine in your brain. Dopamine has a critical role in many parts of the brain including acting like a messenger that tells other parts of your brain when you want to move a part of your body.

When these substantia nigra cells die, your brain's dopamine levels drop significantly which affects your brain’s ability to regulate your movements. This leads to uncontrollable movement, tremors, shakes and other common Parkinson’s related symptoms that you see those suffering from the condition displaying.

Parkinson’s is both a chronic (long term, incurable) and progressive disease (a disease that gradually gets worse over time).

In most patients, it’s unknown as to why substantia nigra cells starts to die off. Most doctors and scientists infer that it has to do with one’s genetics as well as environmental factors or toxins including but not limited to:

  • Certain Pesticides
  • Organic Solvents
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Manganese

Still, it’s known that many of the people who get diagnosed with Parkinson’s haven’t been significantly exposed to these toxins enough to deem them the culprit, thus scientists and health professionals suspecting that it’s actually a combination of both environmental exposure and genetic factors.

What are Some Common Symptoms of Parkinson's?

The symptoms and signs of Parkinson’s disease can vary from person to person. Because it’s such a complex disease with a fairly difficult diagnosis, early signs could be mild and go unnoticed. One thing to note however, is that symptoms usually begin on one side of the body and usually remain a little worse on that side before affecting the other side.

Here are 8 of the most common symptoms you should be aware of and look out for.

#1 - Tremors

Perhaps the most common symptoms and most notable that people associate with Parkinson’s and that people experience is tremors. Have you noticed a slight shaking or tremor in your hands, fingers or face? While it may be normal to have a little shaking if you’re extremely stressed out, have recently exercised, have an injury or if you’re taking certain medications, it should be noted that tremors are one of the most notable symptoms of Parkinson’s disease developing.

#2 - Small Handwriting

While this seems left field and unrelated, a change in handwriting style may be a sign of Parkinson’s disease called micrographia. Have you noticed you or a loved one’s handwriting get smaller than it was in the past? Has the style of your writing changed? The size or shape of the letters? The spacing between them? Pay close attention to how words are being put together on pen to paper as you try to get a better understanding of the early symptoms of Parkinson’s.

#3 - Loss of Smell

If you’ve noticed that you can no longer smell certain foods the way you used to, foods like pizza, licorice, bananas and dill pickles, then you should ask your doctor about Parkinson’s.

#4 - Trouble Sleeping

Tossing and turning can be a normal part of someone’s sleep pattern, however if you notice extreme movements like kicking, flailing of your arms or falling out of bed it may be a cause for concern. If someone consistently “acts out their dreams” while in deep sleep, you may want to consider talking to a doctor as well.

#5 - Trouble Moving or Walking

Is there stiffness in your legs, arms or body? Stiffness because of long period of sitting down or being in awkward positions may be normal, however if you notice these stiffness symptoms coming on in short period of time in normal positions it could be a cause of early Parkinson’s and you may want to talk to a doctor. Do you notice your posture has changed or that your arms don’t swing the way they used to when you walk? Abnormalities in your foot step, hip placement or style of walking? These can be symptoms as well.

#6 - Voice Changes

While Parkinson’s disease affects posture, bodily control and movement in many ways, it can also affect one’s voice. Later stages of Parkinson’s Disease can include slurred speech and difficulty speaking, however in earlier stages you may notice the person speaking more quietly unintentionally or the tones of their voice shifting to lower tones. It may sound hoarse with little tone inflection.

#7 - Masking

Because Parkinson’s disease affects muscles and movement, one common symptoms is masking. This affects people's natural facial expression and causes certain people to have difficulty in moving muscles in their face which can cause a blank stare. They may have a serious look on their face even if the conversation is light and they may blink less as well.

#8 - Posture

Tremors and uncontrollable bodily movements don’t happen overnight to people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. They usually start with what seems like unusual adjustments to posture and will gradually worsen. If you notice unusual leaning or slouching or bending over at the waist at inappropriate times these could be symptoms of early Parkinson’s disease. If you notice any of these symptoms occurring with you or a loved one, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor right away.

Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease

There are a variety of cognitive impairments that will progress over time when someone develops Parkinson's Disease.

The exact causes of cognitive impairment in Parkinson's Disease is not fully understood, but it’s suspected that it is linked to the changes in neurochemical signals that the brain uses to pass on information. These neurochemical signals include neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, serotonin and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters play critical roles in cognition, memory, attention and mood.

The most common forms of cognitive impairment include:

#1 Attention and working memory

For someone with Parkinson’s disease, it may be challenging to talk to someone while maintaining focus and attention of them and the conversation, furthermore it would be even more difficult to do the same thing balancing and walking. Someone with Parkinson’s disease may also find it difficult to concentrate while reading a book.

#2 Executive Function

Executive functions refers to the ability to plan, organize, initiate and regulate goal directed behaviors. The best analogy would be to think of a CEO or chief executive officer of a company who has many tasks and responsibilities which include managing and organizing people, tasks and events. People with Parkinson’s disease will have difficulty solving problems, multi-tasking, starting tasks or switching to new ones.

#3 Memory

People with PD will have difficulty mostly in short term memory depending on the severity of their diagnosis. Generally speaking, people with Parkinson’s may have trouble remembering or recalling information but it’s not going to be as severe as people with Alzheimer's disease. For the most part, long term memory usually stays intact in people with Parkinson’s disease.

#4 Language

People with Parkinson’s tend to speak less (and softer) overall. The most common language problem people with Parkinson’s disease experience is finding the “right” words to choose when communicating.

Other cognitive impairments may include brain fog, slowness of thinking, lack of reasoning skills and declining general intelligence.