The common image of Parkinson's care often includes addressing the well-known movement problems such as tremors in the arms and legs, impaired balance and a loss of coordination. However, there are also many symptoms that don't include motor function, and being prepared for them can help patients and family caregivers alike.
Some of the most prevalent non-motor symptoms associated with Parkinson's include sleep issues, increased fatigue and mood disorders. Additionally, other Parkinson's patients may be faced with problems related to automatic body processes that could lead to significant pain and discomfort.
The non-motor symptoms are somewhat more difficult to treat than some of the movement-related issues. Still, certain medications have proven effective when it comes to addressing fatigue or excessive daytime sleepiness.
Parkinson's care providers can help patients manage their symptoms in a variety of ways. Perhaps most importantly, they can offer assistance with activities of daily living, whether it is bathing, dressing, personal care or any other tasks that may be more difficult with the condition. Additionally, Parkinson's caregivers can help with meal preparation, fall prevention and monitor any changes in the patient's condition.
Daily living with Parkinson's disease can be difficult, but with the help of a SYNERGY HomeCare caregiver, life can be made easier, safer, and more enjoyable. Please contact us to learn more or for a free consultation.