Parkinson's Disease Care

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition caused by a lack of a chemical called dopamine in the brain. This results in slower movements and tremors which are some of the more recognisable symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

Some of the more usual symptoms of Parkinson's Disease are listed here, however, every person living with the condition will experience the symptoms and challenges that it brings to them in their own unique way.

 

Signs and symptoms

• Tremor - it usually begins in one hand. This is the first symptom for 70% of people with Parkinson's
• Slow movements- people with Parkinson's may find that they have difficulty starting to move and they are very slow.
• Stiffness or rigid muscles - problems with activities such as standing up from a chair or rolling over in bed may be experienced.
• Freezing – problems with getting stuck in one position feeling like your feet are ‘glued to the ground’. This may occur when starting to walk, when turning around or when going through a doorway. Freezing can also affect thoughts, speech and can occur during repetitive activities like brushing teeth.
• On and Off - suddenly switching from being able to move (on) to not being able to move (off). This may be a side effect of medication that people take to help with Parkinson's Disease symptoms
• Sleep disturbance
• Constipation
• Urinary urgency
• Depression

The symptoms of Parkinson's usually begin slowly, develop gradually and in no particular order. It is important to remember that everyone with Parkinson's is very different and may have a different collection of symptoms and response to treatment.

Read more about the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

 

How Radfield Home Care Can Assist You

At Radfield Home Care we are on hand to assist with some of the day to day tasks if you need us to. We can help with all aspects of personal care, help around the home, getting out and about to the shops and preparing meals.

We also are able to administer medication and our technology solutions allow us to monitor the times that medication is given which is of particular importance with Parkinson's Disease when the  timing of medication can make a significant difference to symptom control.

Carers can assist holistically as well with helping to encourage and promote independence with day to day tasks and to encourage to take regular exercise where possible and to do this with the understanding that Parkinson's symptoms can change not just from day to day but also from hour to hour.

The symptoms of Parkinson's Disease change over time and we can adapt the care flexibly to fit your current circumstances and will work with you to establish what your exact needs are and how we can jointly meet those needs in the best possible way.

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