The progression of Parkinson’s disease can take 20 years or more, but can also be much shorter. However long this journey has taken for your senior parent, if they are approaching or have reached the later stages of Parkinson’s disease, it is very important that you are prepared to give them the level of care that they need to stay as safe, comfortable, and healthy as possible as they move through this challenging time. Comprised of the fourth and fifth stages of the disease, the later stages are when your parent will require extensive care and support to handle virtually all tasks in their life.
Some of what your senior loved one will face in the late stages of Parkinson’s disease include:
• Inability to move without a mobility aid that will eventually become total inability to move around without a wheelchair
• Tremors and physical movement symptoms that are frequent and even chronic, and prevent them from being able to handle their daily tasks
• Inability to handle personal care tasks such as bathing, toileting, or dressing independently
• Inability to eat on their own
• Possible difficulties with chewing and swallowing that can increase the chances of choking
• Increased cognitive functioning decline, including memory loss
• Possible development of hallucinations and delusions
Whether your senior loved one has only recently received their diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or they have been dealing with this condition for some time but are progressing further into their symptoms and challenges, starting senior home care for them can be one of the best decisions that you can make. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your elderly loved one on a customized schedule that ensures that they have access to the care, support, encouragement, and assistance that they need when they need it, but you can also remain at the forefront of their care routine.
This senior care provider can create a highly personalized set of services that is tailored not just to help your parent handle their challenges, limitations, and symptoms now, but also prepare them for those that will develop in the future. By helping then to prepare for the next stage, this senior care provider can help your loved one feel more confident moving forward, enabling them to focus on making the most of their later years.
For you as their caregiver, this support and care can be particularly meaningful and beneficial during the later stages of the disease. As your parent is progressing into more and more challenging symptoms that require an ever-increasing amount of care, you are likely to start feeling stressed and even overwhelmed.
Having a dedicated senior care provider in the home with your parent allows you to take care of yourself, get the rest and breaks that you need, and focus on other elements of your life that you need to, such as your children and your career, while also knowing that your parent is getting everything that they need.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Bonita FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.