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So You’ve Been Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Now What?

Parkinson’s Disease, also known as PD, is a form of dementia and is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects neurons in the brain that produce dopamine, which is the chemical in our brains that controls movement and coordination. With the right care team including neurologists, movement disorder specialists, and community support from the right home care agency, local PD association you can navigate your PD journey without doing it alone. Approaching your diagnosis with a positive and open attitude is the first step in developing a plan with the steps below!

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  • Partner with your doctor​
    You should always follow your doctor’s instructions closely. Being informed is key, especially with the pros and cons of treatments available for PD and should be discussed thoroughly with your dr. You are your best advocate, so be sure to speak honestly with your care team.
  • Assemble your team​
    While doctors and nurses are a vital part of your care team, you should also consider alternative health professionals like speech, physical and occupation therapists. Some states also offer a Big & Loud Therapy program which combines physical and speech therapy methods to help improve balance, gait, breathing & swallowing. Speak with your neurologist or movement disorder specialist about other disciplines and potential referrals for outside therapies.
  • Stay Active​
    Studies show that people with Parkinson’s who exercise regularly do better with managing the progression of symptoms than those who do not. Your exercise routine doesn’t need to be overly intense, there are many low-impact exercises that work just as well like walking, yoga, tai chi, and swimming. You should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise routine though. You can find many free or low-cost exercise programs at your local senior center or through your local American Parkinson Disease Association chapter.
  • You Are What You Eat​
    We’ve heard this statement going all the way back to childhood when our diet consisted of hot dogs and chicken nuggets, and we were told we’d turn into a hot dog or chicken nugget! Studies show maintaining healthy eating habits and avoiding high processed foods can help with proper absorption of your PD medications. Regular hydration promotes bone health, which reduces your risk of major injury in the event of a fall. Proper hydration also helps combat constipation which is a symptom of PD.
  • Sleep
    It’s easy to tell when we’ve not gotten a restful night’s sleep because we are often left sluggish and easily distracted through our day. For people with Parkinson’s, sleep is even more important because your body needs even more attention focused on restoring strength as symptoms progress. Sleep disorders are common in people with Parkinson’s, so adding a sleep disorder specialist to your care team can help with additional guidance and treatments.
  • Consider Alternative Approaches
    Keep an open mind to approaches outside of medical care. Things like tai chi, meditation, Reiki, and massage are all good therapies for people with Parkinson’s. When looking into holistic approaches, you should steer clear of any practitioners who claim to have a “cure” for PD or that advise quitting prescription medications cold turkey without consulting with your physician first.
  • Participate in Clinical Trials
    As time goes on, researchers learn more about PD through people with Parkinson’s who participate in clinical trials. Not only does it help you play a more active role in your own care, including having access to new treatments before they become available, but you can also help scientists develop better treatments, slowing disease progression, and someday finding a cure for PD. Many clinical trials never come to fruition because of a shortage of participants, but you can help change this. If interested in a clinical trial, consult your physician to make an informed decision on what trials are right for you. You can also visit our Resource page for more information.
  • Become an Advocate
    Advocacy is such a vital part of raising awareness about PD. Simply put, an advocate educates individuals and the community about resources and services that are available. Anyone can become an advocate, whether you’re a professional in the senior care industry, a family member, a friend, or someone living with PD. Aside from raising awareness, you can also fundraise, donate, or volunteer to make the voice of the PD community heard.
  • Join a Support Group
    Whether you’re a person with Parkinson’s or a care partner, there are lots of community programs available to support you through the journey. It’s important to explore and join a support group that can help you and your family with everyday concerns and allows an open and inclusive environment to learn more about PD as well as providing a support system of new friends who may be sharing similar experiences. Support groups provide a wealth of information including advocacy, education, and other services available in your community.
  • Plan for the Future
    A diagnosis of PD comes with an increase in medical costs, medication expenses, home modifications, and other health care related needs. Financial planners, elder law attorneys, and home care agencies like ABC, can help you put your plan together for your journey with PD. Planning for your future not only provides peace of mind for yourself, but your loved ones as well.
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All About Parkinson’s

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of clients who have PD, and having a Care Partner can make a big difference by helping with everyday tasks, as well as overall monitoring of the disease. Tune into this week’s episode to learn how having a Care Partner can help in and around the home!

National Banana Day

The banana. It can be eaten peeled, in the form of bread (always with chocolate chips), pudding, dehydrated into chips, or blended as a smoothie. First brought west from India and other Asian countries in 327 B.C., it’s a favorite fruit of many because of their soft texture and sweet, dessert-like taste. This month I’ve focused on Parkinson’s education so naturally, it only made sense to tie it in with National Banana Day which falls on the 3rd Wednesday in April each year. Tune in to this week’s video to learn about the benefits of bananas for Parkinson’s!

Supporting People with Parkinson’s

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s Disease, also known as PD, is a form of dementia and is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects neurons in the brain that produce dopamine, which is the chemical in our brains that controls movement and coordination. Receiving support for PD is so important and helpful to many who have been diagnosed.

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Stage 1

Mild symptoms that don’t interfere with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), tremors & motor symptoms start off affecting only one side of the body. Start of changes in posture, walking and facial expressions (facial masking).

Stage 2

Symptoms begin to worsen. Tremor, rigidity, and other motor symptoms affect both sides of the body, neck & trunk. Walking problems and poor posture are obvious. Client can live alone but ADLs can be difficult and take longer to complete.

Stage 3

Mid-stage includes loss of balance and unsteadiness when turning or standing from a seated position. Falls are more common; motor symptoms continue to worsen. Client is restricted in their ADLs but is still physically capable of living independently.

Stage 4

Symptoms are fully developed and severely disabling. Client can walk and stand but may need cane/walker for safety. Significant help with ADLs is needed and client can’t live alone.

Stage 5

Most advanced and debilitating stage. Stiffness in legs makes standing and walking impossible. Client is bedridden or confined to a wheelchair unless aided in transfers. 24/7 care is required for all ADLs.

Beginning Stage

  • Meal preparation​
    Motor symptoms from Parkinson’s make it hard to stand for long periods of time so cooking can be challenging.
  • Companionship
    There can be an increase of isolation when newly diagnosed due to weakness, discomfort, or trouble driving because of motor symptoms.
  • Medication reminders
    Medication for Parkinson’s is time sensitive, meaning it must be taken on time, every time. A care partner can provide gentle reminders to stay on track and keep motor symptoms at bay.
  • Light housekeeping and/or laundry
    Motor symptoms can make keeping up with the house difficult, and going up and down stairs for laundry can be unsafe.
  • Accompaniment to doctor & therapy appointments
    You may need support or encouragement when visiting your doctor. In other cases, you may need someone to take notes for family members unable to attend appointments, but who still want to be involved. With therapy, a care partner can shadow the appointment to help continue exercises at home.

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Always Best Care provides services for people who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that cannot easily be provided by their family or friends. More and more older adults prefer to live independent, non-institutionalized lives, and in-home care is a safe, effective way to provide care in the comfort of one’s own home.

The answer depends on the type of care, the location of care and the level of care that is needed. At Always Best Care we provide a no obligation care consultation and provide advice on many options for paying for home care for your loved one.

Our company vision is to work as a united team providing the best senior care in the world, with the broadest range of services, and the most loving and consistent care anywhere. We are dedicated to exceeding your expectations…always

Your Care Coordinator will work with you and your loved one to select the best qualified caregiver for each client. They will carefully review your care plan and try to match the right caregiver with the specific needs of each client. Our goal is to make sure that you and your loved one are completely satisfied with our service and we will bend over backwards to make this happen.

Every Always Best Care location employs all their caregivers, so extensive background and reference checks are conducted. Caregivers are insured for your safety and they all receive extensive training upon being hired and on-going training to keep up with the demand of our industry. What this means for you is that you or your loved one will receive some of the best caregivers our industry has to offer.

The time frame to begin care for a senior will depend on the urgency of the need for the person and family that will be receiving care. It will be important for the senior and their family to speak with a provider in order to discuss care needs, where care will be provided, how soon care will need to begin, and a budget for their care services. Based on the needs of the senior and their family, a care plan can be developed, whether needed for a few hours each week or around the clock care.

How people pay for long-term care, whether delivered at home or in a hospital, assisted living facility, or nursing home, depends on their financial situation and the kinds of services they use. In many cases, people believe that their current health or disability insurance will pay for their long-term care needs, but most of these insurance policies include limited, if any, long-term care benefits. Often, people must rely on a variety of payment sources, including personal funds, government programs, and private financing options.

Traditional Medicare does not pay for 24-hour-a-day care at your home, meals delivered to your home, homemaker services like shopping, cleaning, and laundry that aren’t related to your care plan, custodial, or personal care that helps you with daily living activities like bathing, dressing, or using the bathroom, when this is the only care that is needed.

Home Based Primary Care is part of the VA Medical Benefits. All enrolled Veterans are eligible IF they meet the clinical need for the service and it is available.

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