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How You As a Caregiver Can Impact Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

October 1, 2018

 

Being a caregiver is no easy task. Your overall health and state of mind both play a role in providing proper care for those that you love. Remember, you need to take care of yourself at the same time, as they will become more dependent on you throughout the course of the disease.

We at A-1 Home Care Agency understand the reality of Parkinson’s Disease. It isn’t enough that you have to witness a loved one endure the overwhelming nature of the disease, but you’ll also need to provide both care and support day-in and day-out.

With a diverse cast of seasoned multi-lingual caregivers at your disposal, A-1 Home Care Agency has built up its reputation as one of the leading home care providers due to their affordability, versatility, and overall service quality.

Building a Relationship

As a caregiver, you’ll undoubtedly run into moments where frustration can boil over. On the other hand, you’ll also feel sad, angry, and overwhelmed. It’s important that you do not become discouraged as most caregivers are feeling a similar range of emotions. Furthermore, these feelings are normal and are nothing to be ashamed of. Not only are you providing care, but you’re also a part of a relationship that requires patience, understanding, and empathy

Knowledge is Power

Bettering yourself as a caregiver requires you to stay organized. Keeping records of your patient’s doctor visits, medications, symptoms, and upcoming appointments will allow you to be more flexible and confident in your caregiving ability – which in turn makes the experience more beneficial and efficient.

Understand Parkinson’s Disease

Prior to taking on patient that suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, it’s crucial that you gather as much information that you can so you can serve your patient and help him or her plan for the future. Additionally, with enough information on hand, you’ll be able to observe and share any symptoms such as mood/anxiety concerns, motor function concerns or speech issues that the family has not noticed or may not have mentioned.

Nothing beats open and honest communication. It can make a substantial difference in anyone’s lives; and in the case of those living with Parkinson’s Disease, it could mean the world to him them.

Do you have a loved one suffering from Parkinson’s Disease? Contact A-1 Home Care Agency at our Santa Fe Springs Office (562) 929-8400 or our Newport Beach Office (949) 650-3800.