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By: Elizabeth Bemis on October 25th, 2012

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Tips for Caring for Someone with Parkinson's Disease

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Health Tips For Senior Citizens

If your parent or one of your loved ones gets diagnosed with Parkinson's, it's important to know the right steps to take to deal with this health condition. Here are several tips to help you provide the support that your family member needs. There are also a number of assisted living communities in CT that can help support your parent or loved one.

Accompany your parent during the first medical visits

Your presence is essential not only for moral support but for taking note of the doctor's advice as well. Your parent may be too stressed to absorb all the information that the specialist provides. Being there helps both of you understand the extent of the condition and the right ways to handle it.

Observe any changes or effects

The first year of dealing with the disease entails much effort and understanding. It's a crucial period to observe and familiarize with the types of changes to occur and to master how to take medicines. Watch out for significant changes in your parent, and give feedback to your parent's doctor. Your parent may not be able to notice every unusual response, so make sure to help look out for these changes.

Equip yourself with adequate information

It will help a lot for you to get a good overview of the motor and nonmotor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Through this, you'll quickly recognize the symptoms in your parent once they occur.

Lend a listening ear 

During these times of hardship and suffering, your parents needs you the most. As the disease progresses, listen to what he/she wants to say. You may also ask about particular preferences. For instance, your parent may prefer some independence in doing certain activities.

Consider independent living

Assisted living is a type of housing for individuals with different medical and personal care needs. Generally, the facilities provide a home-like setting where the residents' independence is promoted. Living spaces can be individual rooms, shared quarters, or apartments. You can consider this option especially if your parent wants to have more independence while being properly cared for. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Be there when visiting the health specialist
  • Help observe the symptoms of the disease
  • Be well informed
  • Ask if your parent wants independent living assistance

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About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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