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Parkinson's Care

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition caused by not having enough of a chemical in the brain called dopamine. Without dopamine people find that their movements become slower and it Abby Senior Care CNAs assist seniors living with Parkinsons.takes longer to do things. Abby Senior Care provides professional caregivers specializing in helping seniors overcome the challenges of Parkinson's Disease and live independently. Our psychological screening process allows us to be sure the caregivers we assign have the patience, understanding, and positive attitude so important to families coping with Parkinson's Disease.

Parkinson's symptoms include tremor, rigidity, freezing, difficulty with speech/swallowing, incontinence, and pain. Professional caregivers are vital to helping the individual with the disease maintain independence and not exhaust their family caregivers. Assistance with ADLs (activities of daily living) by a CNA/caregiver such as bathing, dressing, and movement relieves the family of these burdens so they can conserve their energy to take care of themselves and enjoy life. People with Parkinson's Disease may become withdrawn due to their symptoms.

Symptoms often not talked about include memory problems, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and sexual problems (hyper sexuality or low sex drive). In home care provides one-on-one care to assist people with these issues in addition to personal care.

How quickly the symptoms of Parkinson's disease develops will differ from one person to the next.

There are many non-medical things you can do to improve the quality of living for someone with Parkinson's Disease such as diet. Our non-medical caregivers prepare meals and pay special attention to nutrition and hydration.

  • Get enough calcium. It helps keep bones strong. Milk and cheese are good calcium sources.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fiber can help prevent constipation.
  • Cut food into small pieces to aid in chewing and swallowing.
  • Chew slowly and swallow carefully to avoid choking.
  • Drink plenty of water between bites.

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To live independently people with Parkinson's can use a variety of adaptive devices to make life simpler. We are senior care specialists and make suggestions that improve peoples' lives such as:

  • Utensils such as weighted silverware and personal care products can be helpful as they provide additional weight to help stabilize movement.
  • A laser cane projects a bright red line across the walker's path. The laser beam provides a safe, obstacle-free visual cue, which can enable Parkinson's patients and others to break "freezing" episodes and increase stride length.
  • U-Step walker
  • Wheelchairs
  • Adaptive clothing including slip-on shoes, elasticized pants and skirts and Velcro fastening which can all help to ease the burden if symptoms such as rigidity or tremors make dressing difficult.

A few simple adjustments around the house can make a big difference but sometimes the most obvious things get overlooked. At Abby Senior Care your safety and comfort are our number one priority. Call us today to arrange a free in-home consultation to see if home care is right for you and your family, 303-699-8840.