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4 Ways Home Care Can Help Parkinson’s Sufferers

By Denise Roskamp

Parkinson’s disease affects everything from one’s mental capabilities to one’s ability to move. It is a condition marked by tremors, stiffness, and other symptoms that limit one’s mobility, and it can be very difficult to live with on your own.

If you have aging who suffers from Parkinson’s, you might be wondering how you can help them to live a more comfortable, less stressful life. One of the ways you can do this is by hiring a home care aide. A home care aide can help with everything from getting dressed to getting around, and this could be exactly what your loved one needs.

Here are four ways that a home care aide could assist your aging loved one in their home, or in yours:

  • Reminding them to take medications – Home care aides are not medically licensed, so they cannot perform any injections or administer any pills without a doctor’s supervision. They can, however, remind your loved one when it is time to take their medication. With so many other things going on, it could be hard for them to remember to take their pills when they should, so having someone there to remind them is very important.
  • Helping with housework – If your limps don’t move the way they should, cleaning the house can be more than just a chore. It is tough to mop the floor when your hands are shaking, and it is hard to arrange bookshelves or make the bed if you can’t make your muscles stay still. A home care aide can help with all of these things. They are there to assist the senior in any way that they need.
  • Help with meals – Both cooking and eating can be difficult for someone suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Holding utensils can be a struggle, as can keeping food on your fork when you are experiencing tremors. Home care aides can provide help in the kitchen by cooking meals for your loved one, and they can even help them to eat if necessary.
  • Help moving around – Moving around the house can me extremely difficult for someone suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Their muscles are stiff or trembling, making it hard to stand or to move in the way they want to. A home care aide can assist them by giving them some support to lean on as they move around the house, and they can also help to implement changes in the house to make it easier for them to move around on their own. They might suggest adding railings around the tub or the bed, for instance, or they might just help to keep the pathway clear, so that there is nothing your loved one can trip over when they are walking.

If your loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s and could use some help around the house, hiring home care could be a great decision for everyone involved. Your loved one will feel better able to complete their daily tasks, and you will feel more secure knowing that there is someone there to help them when they need it.