If you have a loved one who suffers from Parkinson’s, you may want to know more about the feasibility of letting this person age in place. It is important to determine whether or not the individual’s needs can be properly met in the home and thus, the ability to secure adequate help from a Douglas County in-home care service will be heavily dependent upon your family member’s condition. The nature of the home should also play a role in this decision.
Requirements Pertaining to the Residential Structure
The nature of the home should be optimally suited to the needs and abilities of your loved one. For instance, everything that is necessary for the well-being and care of your loved one should be accessible on the first floor. The house should also be large enough to accommodate the assistive devices that will become essential as time wears on. This can include a walker or wheelchair, a bedside toilet, any ramps that are necessary for negotiating raised services, adequate supports in the bathing area and safety rails in hallways.
Requirements for Caregiver Support
It is important that someone always be on hand to provide medication reminders and assist with basic bathing and dressing duties. Parkinson’s patients will likely need help with meal preparation as well, and may need help with eating. All senior adults also require companionship and social stimulation for leading comfortable and quality lives. Fortunately, many of these services can be provided by a home care agency. Home care agencies can tailor their services to meet the needs of your aging loved one, whether he or she is in the early or later stages of the disease and care will be delivered by a professional and experienced Douglas County caregiver.
Planning for the Future
When a Parkinson’s patient is still in the formative stages of the disease, much of the required care can be provided by a dedicated family member. This can be bolstered by the use of respite services as needed for assistance with cleaning, personal care and companionship. As mobility declines and dependence increases, however, it is important to make sure that both the environment and the patient’s available caregivers are capable of meeting the expanded range of needs, which will likely require live-in or 24 hour care.
For more information on Douglas County Parkinson’s home care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We specialize in the care of seniors with advanced conditions such as Parkinson’s and have a team of highly trained, qualified and compassionate caregivers who are available 24/7. Call us at 720-441-3522 today and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.