April is Parkinson’s awareness month and here at Comfort Health we know just how important it is for clients and their families to find support and extra care. According to Mayo Clinic “Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system and the parts of the body controlled by the nerves. Symptoms start slowly. The first symptom may be a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder may also cause stiffness or slowing of movement.” Eventually there can be impaired balance, loss of control, slurred speech and difficulty in controlling movements and doing simple tasks.
Ordinary movements and activities are affected as the disease progresses and those affected need more assistance to continue living their best life. Medications and even surgery can help but having a home care aid can make a huge difference in quality of life.
“A lot of what we do for our patients suffering from Parkinson’s usually involves respite and helping with bathing, because that piece is challenging sometimes for family members, and we are usually there for a couple of hours a week so the client gets to keep living at home where they prefer to be and the caregivers get a much needed break to recharge. The family members look forward to that time every week and it’s one of my favorite services that we offer. “ explains Comfort’s social worker Ashley.
Staying at home is a huge part of the well being of those with Parkinson’s. Comfort Health client Sarah, has found home care a valuable part of the care plan for her father. “ A weekly visit from Comfort Health helps Dad keep up on weekly tasks that would otherwise take him 2-3 times to do, like changing his sheets and folding his laundry. He loves his weekly visits, someone to check in on him, chat and keep him moving are a win for both Dad and I. “
If you or someone in your family is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, talk to your medical care team about ways to improve daily life or recharge care givers with some extra help at home. It’s amazing what an impact those hours can make to the overall health of both Parkinson’s sufferer and their family!