For families who have just learned that their senior loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, this is often a frightening time filled with many uncertainties. If this is your situation, you may be wondering: what comes next? Although there is currently no cure for this disease, hope is certainly not lost. Read the actionable steps you can take below to make this new chapter easier for your senior.
Learn, Learn, Learn
Start by learning all that you possibly can! Allow yourself to become well-informed about Parkinson’s Disease so you know what to expect with your senior moving forward. As you begin to become more educated on the disease, share your knowledge with your senior’s other family members and friends.
Take Time and Practice Patience
While it may be challenging for you and your family to deal with these changes, keep in mind that your senior is likely to be equally as frustrated by them as their body and mind begins to alter. Practice patience and have understanding with your senior as it may begin to take them longer to perform once-simple tasks.
Support Your Senior Loved One
You can provide great support to your loved one just by simply letting them know you are by their side throughout this. Since Parkinson’s Disease will affect your senior’s body and its movements, a great way to show support is by being active with them – help them perform exercises that focus on strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination.
Know That You Have Resources
As your senior’s primary caregiver, it will be normal to experience a ton of new emotions in this new chapter. But it is always okay to ask for help. You don’t have to do this all by yourself. It’s not uncommon to experience caregiver burnout, but fortunately, it is preventable. Be sure you are taking time away for yourself to recharge whenever you feel you need to.
Providing care for your senior loved one with Parkinson’s Disease will bring a new set of obstacles for the whole family. Home Care Assistance of Tampa wants you to know you are not alone. Please reach out to our friendly Care Managers today and schedule your consultation.