Parkinson’s Disease Care

Parkinson’s is a slow progressing disease that affects the body’s ability to have a full range of motion. This neurodegenerative brain disorder results from a gradual deterioration of the nerve cells in the brain that control regular body movements. The most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremors, stiff muscles, slow movement or decreased range of motion, and difficulty walking or balancing.

There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there are ways to slow its progression and better manage symptoms. The type and severity of symptoms range, as does the length of time it takes for symptoms to appear and become noticeable. This can make it difficult to know what to expect and how to act when new symptoms emerge. AT Home Care’s medical team of nurses, aides and therapists can guide patients through the various stages of the disease.

AT Home Care can assist patients with medication and treatment options to help control symptoms. Patients also benefit from physical and occupational therapies. Since those with Parkinson’s disease struggle with physical limitations, their ability to live comfortably in their own home often proves difficult. AT Home Care has a team of therapists that specialize in helping patients overcome physical limitations, as well as the challenges that arise in daily living activities.

Each patient suffering from Parkinson’s needs personalized care and treatment. Whether medications alone are effective, or therapy and in-home assistance are necessary, the AT Home Care team can provide a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan. Our goal is to help those suffering from this debilitating disease to better manage symptoms and maintain freedom, independence and a good quality of life.

Parkinson’s Disease Statistics:

  • Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common nervous system disorders
  • Nearly one million Americans are currently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
  • There are 50,000 to 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year

Home Health Aide’s Role in Care & Support for Parkinson’s Disease Patients

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease. However, there are ways to manage symptoms, improve quality of life and maintain independence. The objective of treatment is to help make life more comfortable and enjoyable for individuals, control symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

There are a number of medications prescribed by doctors to help individuals manage problems associated with Parkinson’s like walking, movement and tremors. These medications work by increasing the level of dopamine in the brain. Symptoms usually are fairly well controlled under the right medication regimen. Nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle modifications can also help control symptoms. Some doctors recommend physical therapy, speech therapy and/or occupational therapy in addition to medication and lifestyle changes.

Parkinson’s disease is unique in the way it affects the body, so no one treatment plan works for each person. In-home health care is a means to obtain a customized care plan for someone battling Parkinson’s disease. In-home care includes therapies, medication management, assistance with activities of daily living and other services to make living with Parkinson’s at home more comfortable and manageable.

Health aides, nursing staff and therapists offer a variety of in-home services to individuals with Parkinson’s:

  • Home safety modifications
  • Personal hygiene, grooming, dressing
  • Light housekeeping and meal preparation
  • Transportation and running errands
  • Medication management
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Cognitive stimulation and exercises
  • Support and companionship

AT Home Care understands that, at times, caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s can be challenging and tiring for family members. A health aide can provide an essential in-home medical connection that brings the entire family support system together. Home health aides work with the patient and their caregivers to help reduce some of the duty and responsibility so family and friends can continue to be a strong and present companion in the patient’s life.