A loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and you’re not sure what to do or say?
First of all, it’s important to understand what Parkinson’s disease actually is and how it affects the body. This way, you’ll be better equipped to offer the right kind of support. Here are the basic facts you need to know, from symptoms to possible treatments and beyond.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects around 145,000 people in the UK. The disease often impairs the sufferer’s motor skills, speech, and capacity to swallow. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, but there are treatments available that can help manage the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
Early symptoms of this disease include tremors, stiffness, and slowness of movement. As the disease progresses, patients may experience depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and dementia.
How can I support someone who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease?
If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be wondering how you can help. When a loved one is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it can be a shock. But it’s important to remember that they are still the same person they were before the diagnosis. There are many ways to support them and care for them, both at home and through Parkinson’s support groups.
What are the treatments?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating Parkinson’s disease, as the symptoms and severity of the condition vary from person to person. However, there are a few common treatments that can help manage the symptoms. These include medication, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy. It’s important that you seek support from a GP and get advice on treatments suitable for your situation.
I am supporting someone who’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, what support can I access?
As an unpaid carer, you may begin to feel overwhelmed. But know that you are not alone. There is support available for carers across the UK from sources such as Parkinson’s UK, Carers UK and Carers Trust you can reach out to for support. Respite care services can also be a great help. If you need some extra support with providing care to your loved one, a respite care service can support you.
What is Respite Care?
Our respite care services allow caregivers to take a break from their caregiving duties while still knowing that their loved one is in good hands. At Heritage Healthcare we take time to learn your routine and work with you and your loved ones to create a care plan that is bespoke to your situation. From a couple of hours a week to weeks at a time, a respite care service can give primary carers a well-deserved break.