Parkinson’s is one of the most complex conditions requiring in-home care. Due to the physically degenerative aspect of the disease, patients with Parkinson’s retain their mental acuity and emotional sense while losing physical control of their bodies. This means that an in-home care plan must be well thought out to balance and address the physical, mental and emotional aspects of this condition’s progressive nature.
Configuring a personalized and effective care plan for your loved one with Parkinson’s can be broken down into 3 central ideas:
Parkinson’s commonly presents with comorbidities such as diabetes or dementia thus multiplying the key aspects and cadence of care. For example,
Parkinson’s care is commonly approached with a simple checklist of easy-to-follow Do’s and Don’ts for safety, diet and medication routines, to name a few. While these are definitely helpful, a checklist does not do justice to the level of personalization needed in caring for a person living with Parkinson’s given the breadth, complexity and co-morbidity of managing this condition – and that is precisely why the experience and expertise of your care providers matters a whole lot.
Parkinson’s is challenging to manage and affects the patient and their family on many levels. The most important Do’s and Don’ts come down to the caregiving process.