Living with Parkinson's Disease at Home
Living with Parkinson's disease requires adjustments from the patient and caregiver alike. Helping your loved one remain active and engaged is very important. Our caregivers can assist in so many ways to add quality of life for the Parkinson's patient and needed respite, encouragement, and support for the patient's caregiver.
Nightingale Private Care can provide daily supportive services for the Elderly living with Parkinson's Disease.
Tasks a Home Health Aide can provide for the Elderly living with Parkinson's Disease
Daily Supportive Services for the Elderly Living with Parkinson's Disease
Providing Home Safety Measures
- Organizing the home - A caregiver can help by organizing and removing clutter. Items the patient uses frequently should be placed at a level convenient for the patient so that they do not have to reach to high or bend to low.
- Clearing walkways – removing throw rugs and tacking down loose carpets that could cause falls.
- Increasing lighting with nightlights especially in bathrooms and bedrooms.
- Assisting with medication organization so that doses are not missed or duplicated.
- Placing non skid rubber mats in shower stalls and bathtubs.
Assisting with Personal Non-Medical Home Care
- Bathing with respect and dignity
- Suggesting electric razor and toothbrush
- Dressing assistance – opting for clothing with fewer buttons, zippers, and difficult closures – elastic waistbands and Velcro shoes
Assisting with Meals
- Preparing healthy meals
- Allowing as much time as possible for mealtimes
- Encouraging smaller, more frequent meals
- Utilizing specially designed dishes utensils and cups
Assisting with Homemaking
- Helping caregiver with laundry and bedmaking
- Light housekeeping
- Running errands, shopping, pharmacy trips
Keeping the Elderly Patient Active at Home
- Assisting patient with a hobby or other interest – playing with pets, attending concerts, movies, etc...
- Providing exercise assistance – in home exercise or walking
Nightingale Private Care clinical team is ready and willing to provide the daily support necessary to ensure that your loved one stays active and engaged in life as much as possible. Their support can also help to maintain the health and wellness of cargivers. Please feel free to call our office and speak to one of our Registered Nurse Case Managers for more information about our support of the Parkinson's patient and their family.