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Live-In Care for Parkinson's: Empowering Lives With 24 hour Live in Care Support


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As April is Parkinson's Awareness month, we thought we would get involved in increasing the awareness of this disease and create our April blog centering around the topic. 

As a home care agency, many of our live-in caregivers have had experience or are currently looking after clients that are living with Parkinson’s disease. We thought it would be a good idea to combine this experience with valuable information on Parkinson’s to create a comprehensive guide on both the condition itself, and the positive impact of live-in care.


In our guide we'll explore Parkinson's from a personal, family, and caregiving perspective. Covering everything from diagnosis, treatment, and living with the condition.  

We offer insights on how live-in care can revolutionise the experience for those living with Parkinson’s and their family. If you, or your loved one are facing the challenges of Parkinson's, as care experts we are always keen to share our deep knowledge and understanding, helping support you in making informed decisions every step of the way.


Understanding Parkinson's

To start with we’ll explain what exactly Parkinson's disease is. It’s a progressive nervous system disorder that primarily affects movement, the hallmark signs of the condition include tremors, slowness of movement (bradykinesia), rigidity, and postural instability. 

More than just a motor disorder, Parkinson's can also cause a range of non-motor symptoms, from cognitive changes to sleep disturbances, mood alterations, and autonomic dysfunction.


Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson’s

The symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, as can the rate of progression. Those living with Parkinson's may also experience:

  • Changes in handwriting

  • Stooped posture

  • Loss of automatic movements (such as blinking or swinging arms while walking)

  • Speech changes (softer, slower, or with a more monotone)

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Dizziness or fainting

  • Constipation

  • Problems with memory and confusion

  • Increased anxiety or depression

  • Skin problems

  • Urinary problems

  • Low blood pressure

  • Swallowing difficulties


Diagnosis

Diagnosing Parkinson's is quite a complex process that involves a detailed assessment of a person’s symptoms and medical history. 

The Doctor will use a series of clinical criteria, as well as neurological examinations, to confirm the presence of the disease. 

Diagnostic tools such as MRI or CT scans can sometimes be used to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.


Treatment Options For Parkinson’s

While there's currently no cure for Parkinson's, a variety of medications and therapies can help manage the symptoms and improve quality of life. Treatment may include:

  • Medications such as Levodopa, Dopamine Agonists, MAO-B inhibitors, and anticholinergics.

  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for patients with advanced Parkinson's.

  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy can be beneficial at various stages.

  • Lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, can help alleviate symptoms and potentially slow the disease's progression.

  • Supportive care, which can involve a multidisciplinary team approach, including neurologists, nurses, therapists, social workers, and live-in caregivers.


The Impact of a Diagnosis on Individuals and Their Families

Being diagnosed with Parkinson's can lead to a range of emotions, which understandably often includes shock, disbelief, anger, and grief. 

It's common for individuals to experience a loss of identity and self-esteem, particularly as they grapple with the shifting realities of their daily lives. For family members and loved ones, the diagnosis often signals the beginning of a new role as home carer, as well as relative, which can be overwhelming and exhausting.

Navigating the nuances of Parkinson's care often requires a significant reorganisation of daily routines and responsibilities, as well as the establishment of a solid network of support. This network becomes the linchpin in maintaining the patient's wellbeing and offering respite to those who shoulder the care.


Opening Doors to Independence with Live-in Care Services

Live-in care is a form of home care that is highly personalised and provides 24 hour live in care assistance to clients, allowing them to maintain their independence and remain in the familiar surroundings of their home. As a comprehensive and continuous form of care, live-in care includes a wide range of services tailored to the individual's needs, including personal care, medication management, meal preparation, household tasks, and companion care.

For those with Parkinson's, live-in care introduces a sustained level of support that aligns with the unpredictability of the condition. 

Live-in caregivers skilled in Parkinson's care are attuned to the client's needs, whether they require assistance with mobility, help during "off" periods, or simply a friendly face to share their day. The comfort, familiarity, and continuity provided by live-in care can significantly enhance the everyday life of the Parkinson's patient.


A Comprehensive Perspective on Live-In Care For Parkinson’s

Live-in caregiving transcends the role of a traditional caregiver. It's a relationship founded on compassion, respect, and a shared commitment to quality of life. 

Live in carers develop an understanding of the client's preferences, routines, and unique characteristics, ensuring that care is not just administered but integrated seamlessly into the client's life.

The mainstay of home care is consistency. Regular live-in carers develop a rhythm with their clients, anticipating and responding to their needs in a fluid and familiar manner. 

Understanding that Parkinson's is a disorder of progressions and plateaus, live in carers provide adaptable support, modifying their approach as the client's condition changes.

Individuals with Parkinson's may experience "on" and "off" periods, where medication effectiveness fluctuates. The responsive care provided by live-in caregivers is attuned to these shifts, ensuring that support is available whenever it's needed.


The Invisible Benefits of In-Home Care Services For Parkinsons

At the heart of live-in care are the benefits that extend beyond the tangible services provided. The peace of mind that comes with knowing a loved one is in the hands of a dedicated and experienced professional is immeasurable. 

For the client, the emotional support and personal connection found in their live-in carer can improve mood, decrease anxiety, and foster a sense of security.

Home environments are known to accelerate recovery and promote comfort. For those with Parkinson's, the structured familiarity of home can offer a stabilising influence that aids in managing symptoms. In-home care also affords a level of privacy and dignity that is often compromised in more institutional settings.

The relationship between home carer and client often evolves into a close, supportive friendship. This companionship is especially significant for individuals with Parkinson's who may experience feelings of isolation due to mobility challenges or social stigmas associated with the disease. 

The social interaction and mental stimulation provided by a live-in carer can help combat these feelings.


Unique Perspective of a Local Live-In Care Agency

At Access Care, our emphasis is on the individual. We view care as a personal and collaborative venture, with the client at the centre of every decision. 

Our approach to Parkinson's care mirrors this philosophy, focusing on holistic support that takes into account all aspects of the client's life.

Personalised care is created in partnership with the client and their family, taking into account medical needs, social and emotional factors, and personal preferences. We understand that no two Parkinson's journeys are the same, and our live-in carers are trained to deliver bespoke support that reflects this diversity.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Parkinson's Home Care

Choosing care support, whether that be home care or other options, for Parkinson's, is about finding a provider that will listen to the client, involve them in their care, and adapt to their unique circumstances. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Expertise in Parkinson's Live-in Care: Ensure that the provider has experience in caring for Parkinson's patients, with a team versed in the latest treatments and best practices.


  • Compassion and Patience: Seek out providers known for their understanding and patience.


  • Flexibility: The provider should be able to adjust to the changing needs of the client as their condition evolves.


  • Companion Care: Look for providers that see beyond the medical needs and understand the value of companionship in care provision.


  • Client and Family Involvement: A provider that involves the client and their family in care planning is a provider that values their input and respects their partnership in the process.


  • Assessment Process: A comprehensive pre-care assessment should be conducted to ensure that the live-care support meets the unique requirements of the client.



Making Smart Choices in Parkinson's Live-in Care

Living with Parkinson's and having live-in care isn't just about getting help—it's about teaming up for wellness. It's all about respecting their dignity and spirit, and giving them the power to live life on their own terms, feeling fulfilled along the way.

During Parkinson's Awareness Month, we commit to raising awareness about the robust and compassionate support that live-in care can offer. We advocate for an informed and proactive approach to Parkinson's Live-in Care, one that sees beyond the illness to the



individual, recognising their rich history and potential for a vibrant present and future.


If you have a loved one who you feel could benefit from the support of a local live-in caregiver, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. You can call us on 01264 319399 or email hello@access-care.co.uk to learn more about how we can assist you. 

As a client of ours, you can trust that one of our home carers will provide you with round-the-clock assistance tailored to meet your individual needs. Let us be your partner in care, supporting you every step of the way.




3 Comments


Guest
Apr 11

Brilliant information of empowering individuals in Live In Care with Parkinson's. Beneficial for families and Live In Carer's. Great work Access Care and thank you for the information in understanding Parkinson's.

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Guest
Apr 10

Whilst a diagnosis of Parkinson's can lead to emotions including shock, disbelief, anger and grief and adjustments for both the individual and their loved ones in their daily lives can also be overwhelming and exhausting, but a live-in carer can support you. Home care also means that you can remain in your home with all that is familiar to you but with assistance as and when you need it.


Access Care are based in Hampshire but are able to provide carers throughout the UK. Live-in caregivers skilled in Parkinson's care can assist with mobility assistance, help during "off" periods, or simply a friendly face to share their day. The comfort, familiarity, and continuity provided by live-in care can significantly enhance the everyday…


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Guest
Apr 10

Another great piece with an enlightening look at Parkinson's. A condition that can seriuosly hinder independence, but live-in care looks like a great option to provide the support needed to ensure safety and assistance with daily tasks, including medication, Clearly a live in carer from Aceess Care would empower anyone living with Parkinsons to maintain quality of life at home.

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