Caring for a Loved One With Parkinson’s Disease: Finding the Right Partner

Many older adults with Parkinson’s receive the majority of their care at home from family and friends, particularly in the initial stages of the disease. As a professional in-home care provider, we understand firsthand the distinct struggles experienced by family members caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease, and we want you to know you’re not alone! Carolina Hearts Home Care is here to share advice and to partner with you to make sure your loved one receives the very best possible care at all times.

For starters, keep these Parkinson’s-specific tips in mind:

Diet: A well-balanced diet reduces cell loss in someone with Parkinson’s. The consumption of antioxidants, such as those found in blueberries, broccoli, spinach, green tea, beans, and certain types of nuts, can also help combat oxidative stress.

Chewing/Swallowing: People with Parkinson’s disease commonly encounter difficulties with chewing and swallowing. Everyone caring for a person with Parkinson’s needs to learn the Heimlich Maneuver in case the person starts to choke.

Preventing Falls: Parkinson’s patients commonly have a difficult time balancing and walking, so it is very important to modify the home environment in order to prevent falls. Installing items like customized toilet seats and grab bars where appropriate, and removing obstructions in the home such as doorsills and throw rugs, is a good starting point.

Anxiety and Depression: Preventing anxiety and depression is a sizable part of the Parkinson’s battle. Observe the person closely for red flags of depression, and have them diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

Medicines: Parkinson’s medications can have multiple side effects and can impact a person in a variety of ways. Some drugs can cause hallucinations or nightmares, for instance. Be sure your care recipient’s doctor informs you about all of the potential side effects of medications so you know what to expect.

How Can Home Care Help?

We invite you to explore our home care services to discover how respite care can bring about a better quality of life for both you and your loved one. By letting our experienced caregivers help with some of the everyday aspects of caregiving, you can spend more quality time together. Call us at 1-855-277-2005 to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today!