What is Palliative Care?
When the doctor first utters the words hospice or palliative care, many people freeze. No one wants to hear those words used in reference to their loved one. It’s scary and often families have no idea what this means. Instead of ...
How Your Home can WORK for you?
Do you ever get the feeling that you are working for your home? I am not talking about the many years you spend paying for your home. The question is how often do you find that your home makes every day ...
Every caregiver will experience aspects of the disease they didn’t expect. And every caregiver has questions, such as:
There are no easy answers but what you can do to help yourself and your loved one is to be educated. It's important not to neglect your own needs and make sure you use all the available help and support. You are not alone!
One of the most important things you can do for your loved one is take care of yourself. If you are under too much stress, are not eating right, not exercising or aren’t spending time with friends, you won’t be able to take care of your loved one.
Caregiving in the early years: How does your family adapt to the diagnosis?
A common reaction of the patient and primary caregiver, often misclassified as “denial”, is really more like a state of “overwhelm”.
All of these are valid questions. But as the work-up proceeds, and you begin your initial research into this diagnosis and what it may mean for the future, a seasoned caregiver can be most helpful to your family and the person with PD by:
Caring for someone with Parkinson's
The symptoms of Parkinson’s change over time and the care you provide may also need to change.
In the early stages of Parkinson's, life may not be much affected at all. Later on, as the condition develops, you may need to make changes in your day-to-day life.
Getting as much information as you can about Parkinson's can help you understand what kind of care is required and how to manage the treatment of Parkinson's.
Talking to medical and social service providers can also help you plan for the future.
Make sure you have the support you need to help you cope.