If your aging loved one has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you are surely feeling devastated. Maybe it is too soon for you to wrap your mind around it, or maybe you have already started considering every possible scenario that could occur: what kind of medication does he need? How quickly does the illness progress? How long will he be able to take care of himself?
There are several different stages of Parkinson’s disease that range from no symptoms at all, to a few tremors, to all over tremors, dementia, and the loss of the ability to do anything for oneself. Before this final stage, though, you may find it necessary to hire some help.
Senior care aides, also known as home care aides, can help a great deal with your loved one’s daily needs. They can help them to bathe, to get dressed, to use the bathroom, and to brush their teeth and hair. They can help them to cook and keep the house clean to prevent any trips and falls around the house. They can also help your loved one to remember to take their medications on time and to maintain a healthy diet.
There is no hard and fast rule for when you should hire a senior care aide for your loved one with Parkinson’s. But you should know that it is almost certainly something that will need to happen at one point. You may find that you can act as the family caregiver for a time, but eventually, you may need some help in handling all of the things that are involved in caring for your loved one.
Parkinson’s, unfortunately, has no cure, but it can be managed with some modifications around the house. When these modifications cease to help your loved one to deal with their illness, though, it is clear that the descent has begun.
Some people hire senior care in the earlier stages of Parkinson’s, in which the senior is still able to get around by himself.
In this case, the aide is more like an assistant, helping him to do what he needs to do, usually without actually doing most things for him. As the disease progresses, though, a senior care aide may have to take over more of the responsibilities, such as washing and feeding your loved one.
Some people only hire a senior care aide when their loved one is at these later stages, in which they require more help than you personally can give them. At the point where the senior is unable to do much of anything for themselves, is a point where they can most benefit from a home care aide… to an extent. Home care aides cannot legally administer medications, so at this late stage, it may also be necessary to hire a nurse or a home health care aide, who can focus on your loved one’s medical needs.
Ultimately, the decision about when to hire a senior care aide is up to you and your family. Only you know your individual situation, so only you will be able to know when you can most use some help
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in Greenville, SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455
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