Live in Care for Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson’s disease affects certain nerve cells in the brain, specifically those that monitor a chemical called dopamine, which controls movement. When the cells break down and patients are no longer receiving an adequate level of dopamine, they can find it difficult to move as they would wish to.
According to Parkinsons.org.uk, it’s thought that one in every 500 people in the UK has Parkinson’s. This equates to approximately 127,000 individuals, many of them over the age of 50, who require specialist care and support because of various mobility problems caused by the onset of the disease. Some research has concluded that Parkinson’s is inherited to a degree, but it can also develop in those who have no family history of the condition.
There are four key symptoms of Parkinson’s:
Involuntary shaking, often experienced in the hands, is the most common identifier. Resting tremors are very typical of Parkinson’s - these occur when the body is relaxed.
As well as making it difficult to move fluidly, rigidity and inflexibility in the muscles can also lead to pain and cramps in Parkinson’s patients.
Those with Parkinson’s will often experience bradykinesia. They may only be able to walk by taking short, shuffling steps and may find that it takes them longer to do things than before.
Parkinson’s sufferers are often unsteady on their feet. This can sometimes lead to accidents or injury through falling.
Some patients will also display other physical symptoms, including:
• Loss of smell
• Problems with the eyes and bladder
• Problems with communication and speech
• Difficulty swallowing and chewing
• Restless legs syndrome
• Excessive sweating
• Dizziness (making them more prone to falls)
Patients can also experience non-motor related symptoms such as pain, anxiety, depression, and in some cases, hallucinations and delusions.
Live in care for Parkinson’s patients
Tremors, stiffness and generalised mobility problems can make it difficult to get around unaided. Even otherwise simple tasks, such as getting out of chairs or turning around, can become challenging. A number of healthcare professionals, including physiotherapists and speech therapists, can help Parkinson’s sufferers manage their symptoms with specialist exercises, but some individuals with Parkinson’s can require around the clock assistance. Our experienced home care assistants can provide 24 hour live in care services for those who need a more advanced level of support.
Many people with Parkinson’s may choose to enter into a residential care facility. While this is certainly a viable option, many patients would prefer to remain in their own home and receive support in a familiar environment that is safe, warm and comforting. Home care helps the service user maintain a good quality of life with the reassurance that a trained and experienced carer is close by in times of need. It also ensures minimal disruption to the individual’s routine.
Live in care may help the service user address their medical needs, but the experience delivered by Independent People Homecare is not limited to clinical care only. Our live in carers recognise that their patients need emotional support as well as help with everyday tasks; the psychological impact of the condition always needs to be addressed alongside the physical symptoms. This is why we think it is especially important that our service users are matched with a carer with a similar personality who understands how to make them feel comfortable and secure, and who can encourage them to take every day as it comes with a smile and a positive outlook. We receive many compliments about our approach and would love the opportunity to show you why.
Whether you or a loved one needs 24 hour live in care for Parkinson’s, or would like to arrange support on a short term or more flexible basis, Independent People Homecare are here to help.
Call our friendly team on 0800 4714741 today to discuss your requirements and arrange an assessment.