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How to Help a Loved One Through Parkinson’s Disease
Does your elderly loved one have Parkinson’s disease? If so, you might be scared of all the challenges that lie ahead. There are going to be a lot of changes. Your elderly loved one is going to need a lot more help. There are many ways that you can help your elderly loved one if they have this disease. However, before reading these tips, be sure to remember that you don’t have to do it by yourself. You can get help from homecare providers, as well.
Managing Behavioral Changes
Your elderly loved one is likely to have some behavioral changes as a result of Parkinson’s disease. There are many tips to help you manage these changes. Some of these tips include the following:
- Create a schedule for their medications, meals, care tasks, and other activities
- Motivate them to stay as independent as possible
- Stay patient as they get tasks done
- Reduce the clutter in their home
- Reduce annoying distractions
If you can follow these tips, you will be more successful at managing the behavioral changes that happen during the course of your elderly loved one’s disease.
Your elderly loved one is going to need help with bathing at some point in their disease. They won’t be able to stand up without assistance or move around as well. Some of the ways that you can help with this include the following:
- You or homecare providers staying in the bathroom with them
- Installing handrails to help them keep their balance
- Put anti-slip mats into the bathtub or shower area
- Make sure the lighting is good enough
By doing these things, you can help to make bathing time safer for your elderly loved one.
Just like with bathing, your elderly loved one might need some help with grooming tasks, as well. There are numerous ways that you can help with these things. Some of the things that you can do include the following:
- Help with the longer grooming tasks such as shaving or brushing hair
- Put a chair in the bathroom to make these tasks more comfortable
- Find electric tools to make certain tasks faster
- Have you or a homecare provider do the tasks that are too painful for your elderly loved one
These are some ways that you can make grooming tasks more doable for your elderly love done if they have Parkinson’s disease.
If your elderly loved one has Parkinson’s disease, it is important to do what you can to make things more comfortable for them. Over time, more and more tasks will become too difficult for them. It is a good idea to make sure you or homecare providers are there to help out.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare Services in Franklin TN, please contact the caring staff at Touching Hearts at Home. Serving Middle Tennessee (Nashville, Brentwood, Belle Meade, Franklin, Spring Hill, Columbia, Pulaski, and more!) Call today: 629-203-7925.
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