Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder caused by low dopamine in the brain. This progressive disease destroys nerve cells that Parkinsons Awareness Month graphicproduce dopamine making it harder for the brain to send signals to muscles throughout the body. This often results in shaking, difficulty walking, swallowing and coordination.

Although there is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are multiple treatment options. “Since motor symptoms of PD are caused by decreased dopamine levels in the brain, most medications are aimed at replenishing or mimicking the action of dopamine, and can be very effective in controlling the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Other types of medications are used to treat the non-motor symptoms.” [1] Partaking in regular exercise and a healthy diet will also benefit a person with this disease.

How Home Care Can Help

CarePlus provides caregivers that offer assistance with (ALD’s) Activities of Daily Living and ensure safety of a loved one affected by the disease. With regular Homecare, individuals suffering with Parkinson’s disease can stress less with assistance in performing everyday activities and incorporating their therapy care plan, ultimately reducing their risk of falls or other injuries that result from Parkinson’s disease.

Customized Care Plans

Dealing with the everyday difficulties of Parkinson’s disease can be easier with assistance from a compassionate professional. CarePlus can create a customized plan for your loved one to address a variety of needs including:

  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Preparing nutritious meals and assisting with feeding if needed
  • Transferring from bed to wheelchair to chair, as needed
  • Help with restroom use, bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Medication and personal safety reminders
  • Light housekeeping, running errands, and scheduling events
  • Offering friendly conversation and emotional support
  • Encouraging and planning social activities and exercise

Information & Resources

To request a free in-home assessment, contact CarePlus Home Health at 301-740-8870.

Living with Parkinson’s disease is stressful to begin with and taking small steps to reduce stress for everyone involved.  For more information about the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area please access their website or call 1-800-AHA-USA1.

http://parkinsonfoundation.org/

[1] Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, “About Parkinson’s Disease.” http://parkinsonfoundation.org/about-parkinsons-disease