If you have just recently learned that your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you are probably wondering: What comes next? This can be a new, scary chapter for your senior and family facing many unknowns. While this disease has no known cure, hope is never lost. Below, you can learn several actionable steps to take to provide your senior with the best care.
Learn, Learn, Learn
One thing to know is that you can never know enough. Start this process by educating yourself as much as possible about Parkinson’s Disease. Learn how it will begin to affect your senior and what will happen next. Now, share your new knowledge with your senior’s friends and family members.
Take Time and Practice Patience
Having patience with your senior is now more important than ever. Keep in mind that these new changes may be an especially frustrating time for your senior as well. As their body and mind changes, you will find that it may take them longer to perform once-simple tasks, such as eating a meal. Be patient and plan for any extra time they need.
Support Your Senior Loved One
Be sure to show your senior that they are not alone in facing this new chapter in their life. Exercises that focus on balance, strength, coordination, and flexibility will become increasingly important as Parkinson’s Disease affects their movements. Stay active with your senior and let them know you are by their side throughout this.
Know That You Have Resources
Much like your senior, you should also know that you do not have to go through this by yourself. Being a caregiver comes with its own unique set of challenges, and you’re going to need some time to yourself every now and then. Plan to take time away whenever you need to so you can recharge and come back to your senior feeling refreshed and prepared.
Caring for your senior loved one with Parkinson’s Disease comes with many emotions and new obstacles for the whole family. We want you to know you are not alone. Home Care Assistance of Carmel is here for you! Feel free to give one of our friendly Care Managers a call today and schedule your consultation.