What comes next? This is the question that you might be asking yourself if you have just learned that your senior loved one has Parkinson’s Disease. You are probably facing many uncertainties right now and that can be frightening, but do not ever lose hope. While there is currently no cure, you can still take several steps to make sure you are providing the best care possible for your senior.
Learn, Learn, Learn
Arm yourself with knowledge. This is one of the best things you can do to get started! Learn everything you need to know about Parkinson’s Disease and how it will begin to change your senior as it progresses. Be sure to help educate your family and friends about these changes, too.
Take Time and Practice Patience
With all of these new changes your senior is going to begin experiencing, you will likely find that they are going to need more time to accomplish once-easy tasks, like eating a meal, for example. Have patience patient and be kind. Remember that this is often a frustrating and trying time for them as well. Make sure you are planning for the extra time needed.
Support Your Senior Loved One
Let your senior know how much you care about them by showing them that you support them. A great way to do this is by staying active with them. Parkinson’s Disease will begin to affect their body and movements, so exercise with them and focus on activities that will maintain or improve their balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination.
Know That You Have Resources
Becoming a primary caregiver involves taking care of more than one person. Yes, your senior loved one is your priority. But it is also very important to take care of YOU! You can avoid experiencing caregiver burnout by taking time away to recharge whenever you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help every once in a while. Self-care is beneficial for you and your senior.
Taking care of your senior loved one with Parkinson’s Disease is sure to present new challenges for the whole family. Home Care Assistance of Dayton is here for you. We want you to know you are not alone. Please feel free to reach out to our friendly caregivers and schedule a consultation.