Posts Tagged ‘Parkinson’s Disease’

Home Care Assistance Tips for Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults

April 19th, 2017

Parkinson’s Disease in Older AdultsWhen it comes to Parkinson’s disease in older adults, many receive the bulk of their care at home from family members and friends, particularly in the early stages of the disease. As a professional home care company, we grasp firsthand the unique concerns experienced by family members caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease, and want you to realize you’re not alone! We’re on hand to offer guidelines and to work with you in making sure your loved one receives the highest quality care at all times.

First off, keep these Parkinson’s-specific tips in mind:

Nutrition: A well-balanced diet helps decrease cell loss in someone with Parkinson’s. Taking in antioxidants, like those found in blueberries, broccoli, spinach, green tea, beans, and certain kinds of nuts, can also help fight against oxidative stress.

Chewing/Swallowing: Individuals with Parkinson’s often experience difficulties with chewing and swallowing. Everyone caring for a person with Parkinson’s should learn the Heimlich maneuver in the event the person starts to choke.

Fall Prevention: Parkinson’s patients often have a hard time walking and balancing, so it’s critical to modify the home surroundings in order to lessen the risk of falling. Installing items like customized toilet seats and grab bars where appropriate, and removing obstructions throughout the home such as doorsills and throw rugs, is a good great place to begin.

Anxiety and Depression: Preventing depression and anxiety is a major component of the Parkinson’s battle. Watch your loved one closely for signs of depression, and have him or her diagnosed as soon as possible.

Medications: Parkinson’s treatments can have multiple side effects and can affect the person in different ways. Some medications may cause hallucinations or nightmares, for instance. Make sure your care recipient’s physician advises you about all the anticipated side effects of medications so you know what to expect.

We invite you to explore Visiting Angels’ in-home care services to discover how respite care can lead to a better quality of life for both your loved one and the family who cares for him or her. By allowing our professional Fremont in home caregivers to assist with some of the more mundane aspects of caregiving, it enables loved ones to spend more quality time together. Contact us at 408-610-9996 for expert in-home senior care in Fremont and the surrounding area and let us develop a plan of care that encompasses all of your loved one’s specific needs.

Parkinson’s Disease in the Elderly: Understanding the 5 Stages

April 5th, 2017

Parkinson's disease in the elderlyMore common in men, and more widespread than muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined, Parkinson’s disease strikes upwards of 7 – 10 million people globally, with another 600,000 Americans diagnosed every year. And while every person’s experience with the disease differs in severity, there are five stages of progression that are typical for all. In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Visiting Angels in Sunnyvale, CA shares the following facts for you to know about Parkinson’s disease in the elderly:

Stage 1: Known as early-stage Parkinson’s, during the course of this stage the individual usually has only mild signs or symptoms that may present as follows:

  • Symptoms are only on one side of the body
  • Symptoms are troublesome, but not disabling
  • Uncontrolled tremors or shaking in one limb may be noticed
  • Family and friends can often detect differences in the person’s posture, balance, and facial expressions

Stage 2: During the second stage of Parkinson’s, an inability to complete standard physical tasks may become more apparent:

  • Symptoms will impact both sides of the body
  • The individual has minimal disability, and in most cases experiences ambulatory or balance problems
  • Posture is affected

Stage 3: This phase is regarded as moderate Parkinson’s disease, and more significant disability will begin to be apparent:

  • There is a considerable slowing down of the body movements
  • Early impairment of equilibrium may result in the inability to walk straight or stand
  • There is generalized dysfunction that is moderately significant

Stage 4: Stage four signifies advanced Parkinson’s disease and is accompanied by severe symptoms:

  • Rigidity and bradykinesia, or sluggish movements are often apparent
  • The person is unable to complete daily tasks and generally cannot live independently
  • Tremors may lessen or disappear completely for unknown reasons during this time

Stage 5: The final stage of the disease usually takes over the patient’s physical movements:

  • The individual generally experiences a general decline in vitality and strength of the body and mind
  • The individual may not be able to walk or stand
  • One-on-one care is needed

Visiting Angels’ in home caregivers are fully trained in all aspects of senior home care, and can help those with Parkinson’s and other conditions of aging to live fuller, more comfortable and independent lives, right at home. Whether it’s help with daily personal care, transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments or to run errands, light housekeeping and meal preparation, or simply a cheerful companion to brighten up the day, our elder care services in Sunnyvale, CA and the surrounding areas are tailored to each person’s needs and preferences. Contact us any time to learn more at 408-735-0977.