You probably have a lot of questions and are feeling overwhelmed if you have just learned your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. This is normal and can be a trying time for a family, but it is important to know that there is always hope. To provide the best care possible for your senior during this new chapter of their life, read through the actionable steps below.
Learn, Learn, Learn
It’s true… You can never learn too much! Start this new chapter with plenty of education and learn all you can about Parkinson’s Disease. Get familiar with how it will begin to affect your senior as time goes on, then take your new knowledge and share it with your senior’s friends and family members.
Take Time and Practice Patience
It is helpful to keep in mind that you are not the only one who will be adapting to these changes. This can be a particularly frustrating time for your senior as they struggle with their changing bodies. It may take them longer to perform daily tasks, like eating a meal. So, practice patience and plan for any extra time they will need from now on!
Support Your Senior Loved One
Since Parkinson’s Disease will progress, one of the things you can expect is for your senior’s body and how it moves and reacts to change quite a bit. If you want to show them you support them, a great way to do so is to stay active with them. Together, work on exercises that will improve their strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility.
Know That You Have Resources
As you become your senior’s primary caregiver, you are going to experience a whirlwind of emotions and new responsibilities. One of your responsibilities that is easy to forget is to also take care of yourself. Self-care is an important part of preventing caregiver burnout. Every now and then, be sure to take time away to recharge and accomplish anything you need to do.
Caring for your senior loved one with Parkinson’s Disease will present new challenges and obstacles for the entire family. Home Care Assistance of Nashville wants you to know you are not alone! Please feel free to reach out to our friendly caregivers here and schedule your consultation.