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Tips for Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease

By Greg Bridges, RN, MA, 8:00 am on

While everyone’s experience with Parkinson’s is different, a diagnosis doesn’t mean that your loved one can’t maintain his or her quality of life. Realize that symptoms don’t necessarily come in any particular order, so care should be based on helping a loved one maintain their current lifestyle as much as possible. The following are a few tips for living well with Parkinson’s disease, presented by the Oklahoma in-home care experts at Home Care Assistance.

  • Ensure That Medications Are ManagedTaking medications as prescribed is essential. Consider using pill containers to clearly break down dosages or combining pills with appetizing foods (with doctor approval). If your loved one needs help managing medications and you are unable to be with them at all times, a part-time or live-in caregiver in Oklahoma can ensure consistency of care with regular medication reminders, as well as help with cooking, light housekeeping, personal care and more.
  • Encourage Activities to Help with Symptoms – Certain activities like yoga and painting may ease some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, sometimes helping an individual with Parkinson’s maintain control of their movements. At Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma, we have also partnered with Cognitive Therapeutics, bringing fun and stimulating brain games to the homes of patients to help promote brain health and mental acuity. These games can help to ease and manage cognitive changes and can also boost feelings of self-esteem and independence for seniors with Parkinson’s.
  • Plan Outings Ahead of Time – Do a little planning ahead to make outings as comfortable as possible. If, for instance, you’re taking your loved one to a hair appointment, see if special accommodations can be made, even if it’s just having an employee keep an extra eye on your loved one.
  • Take Advantage of Resources – Take advantage of as many resources as you can find, whether it be assistance with patient insurance or arranging for at-home physical therapy sessions. Nutritionists, speech therapists and occupational therapists can also provide beneficial assistance to seniors with Parkinson’s. One of our favorite resources at Home Care Assistance is Speak Out, an effective voice program developed by the Parkinson’s Voice Project. Learn more about this wonderful campaign and its latest events here.
  • Keep Home Environments Safe – Make periodic checks of your loved one’s home to determine if there are any obstacles that should be removed like furniture that’s in the way or loose throw rugs. Items such as grab bars and additional lighting will also help to facilitate safe mobility. Doctor approved assistive-devices such as canes or walkers may also help to promote balance and mobility for your loved one.
  • Look Into Clinical Trials – See if there are any clinical trials for individuals with Parkinson’s taking place within your area. These trials often involve the use of new drugs and advanced technology that could help make life easier for your loved one.

If you are concerned about the safety or comfort of a loved one as his or her Parkinson’s symptoms progress, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma today. Our caregivers are available 24/7 and are highly trained to provide Parkinson’s care in Oklahoma, Edmond and the surrounding communities. Call us at 405-285-4191 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager and allow your loved one to age in place with comfort, independence and dignity.