Once you have learned that your senior loved one has Parkinson’s Disease, you may be feeling uncertain and coming up with a lot of questions. For example, what comes next? This progressive disease with no cure can be daunting, but there is always hope to hang onto. Read on below and learn about several steps you can take to make sure you are providing the best care your senior deserves.
Learn, Learn, Learn
To get things started, we want you to learn as much as possible. Take the necessary time to educate yourself about Parkinson’s Disease and learn about the changes to expect moving forward with your senior. Help to teach your senior’s family members and friends about them, too.
Take Time and Practice Patience
While you may be experiencing some frustration in adapting to these new changes, it is helpful to remember that your senior is likely just as frustrated as you. As their body and mind begin to alter, it will probably take them longer to perform simple tasks and they may also need your assistance. Be patient, be kind, and plan for extra time.
Support Your Senior Loved One
Staying active together is a fantastic way to let your senior loved one know that you care about them and support them no matter what. Since Parkinson’s Disease will change how your senior’s body moves and reacts, help them perform specific exercises that focus on preserving their strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination.
Know That You Have Resources
You’re going to begin experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions as your senior’ primary caregiver. But there is someone else you will need to take care of, too – You. Caregiver burnout is commonly experienced among family members caring for a senior, so taking time away to recharge every once in a while is necessary and beneficial for your wellbeing.
Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease poses new challenges and obstacles for the entire family. Home Care Assistance of Clarksville wants you to know you are not in this alone. Please reach out to our friendly Care Managers here and schedule your consultation today.