Parkinson’s disease affects approximately 1 in every 100 people over the age of 65. It is thought to be slightly more common in men than in women. Most people develop the condition at approximately the age of 60, but one in 12 people with Parkinson’s disease have symptoms before the age of 50.
Parkinson's is a chronic, progressive disease with symptoms which may vary between individuals however the most frequent symptoms experienced are shaking, stiffness, slow movement and mobility impairment that becomes progressively worse over time.
Most people in the early stages of Parkinson’s can stay reasonably active and symptoms may progress no further than a slight tremor. However, some people do become increasingly debilitated and may need help with daily living, such as washing, eating and dressing.
Our CAREGivers at Home Instead can assist the individual and their family, with services designed to enable them to remain independent in their own home.
Our services might include:
- Emotional support in coming to terms with this progressive illness and its effects on their independence
- Companionship to improve a person’s wellbeing including support outside of the home.
- Assistance in prompting medication.
- Home help including light household cleaning, dusting, changing bedding, washing, vacuum cleaning, shopping and food preparation.
- Personal Care which includes assisting with washing, getting dressed, eating and assistance with toileting/continence.
Our CAREGivers have an understanding of the unique physical, mental and emotional challenges faced by those with Parkinson's.
Our service users all have Personal Care Plans, which recognise their needs and wishes as individuals. These plans document the care requirements needed to make sure that the right care is given at the right time. Our person-centred care approach means that each service user is respected as an individual and treated with the dignity they deserve.
For more information on Parkinson’s Disease please click on the link to visit the Parkinson’s UK website.