Providing Care for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's Disease Care Services in Stamford, CT, with Home Care Right At Home

Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects nearly a million people in the United States. That figure is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s. Each year, PD affects nearly 90,000 Americans. There are currently over 10 million people worldwide who have Parkinson’s disease. Understanding this disease and its progression is critical for providing appropriate care for yourself or a loved one.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that leads to tremors, rigid muscles, and, eventually, dementia. Adults over 40 experience increased symptoms such as dementia, tremors, speech and facial impairments, and balance problems. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be treated, but the disease itself is progressive and incurable.

Assessing the Level of Care Needed

 Recognizing the distinct stages of Parkinson’s disease can guide you in deciding whether part-time or full-time home care is necessary.

Stage 1:

In this initial stage, tremors begin, and changes in movement or facial expressions may be noticed by others. Patients may find daily tasks increasingly challenging but can still maintain independence. Symptoms are mild and affect one side of the body, and casual assistance from family and friends may suffice. There may not be a need for a caregiver at this stage.

Stage 2:

Now, symptoms affect both sides of the body, and changes in movement and expressions are more apparent. Daily tasks and physical activities become more difficult and strenuous. A part-time caregiver could be helpful if family and friends cannot offer light assistance.

Stage 3:

At this stage, the patient experiences a significant slowing of physical movements. Walking becomes a challenge, and maintaining balance is difficult. Part-time care is recommended as the patient requires help with several physical activities like personal grooming, running errands, and meal preparation.

Stage 4:

Symptoms are severe at this stage, leaving the patient incapable of independent living. Full-time care is required for the execution of daily tasks. If the patient lives alone, live-in care may be necessary. Emotional support from the caregiver is also crucial at this point.

Stage 5:

The patient becomes dependent on a caregiver and requires 24/7 care. Given the limited physical activity possible at this stage, constant nursing care is needed.

How Can Home Care Right At Home Assist?

Professional caregivers trained to assist those with Parkinson’s disease can be an invaluable resource at any point in the disease’s progression. Let us put you in touch with the right in-home caretaker in Connecticut if you or a loved one needs assistance with Parkinson’s disease.

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