We have extensive experience of working with people affected by Parkinson’s.
Our specialist and compassionate Parkinson’s care focuses on encouraging a positive mind set, adhering to established routines, and staying active.
We take the time to carefully consider and assess your loved one’s needs so we can provide the highest quality care.
The early stages of Parkinson’s can be difficult to diagnose. Simple things like the inability to get a good night’s sleep or not being able to remember things could just as easily be the result of getting older as a symptom of Parkinson’s disease.
However, if Parkinson’s is diagnosed, our focus is on building a strong relationship with the client and getting to know what makes them tick so that we can introduce small steps to improve their quality of life.
The simple things are often the most important. Eating well, keeping up with friendships, getting out in the fresh air… we believe that quality of life comes from protecting those fundamental pillars of life. Often, specialist equipment (such as kitchen utensils) can help someone remain independent for longer, which has a direct and positive impact on their emotional wellbeing.
We listen to your concerns and observations about your loved one’s changes – both mental and physical. We also take advice from specialist medical professionals so that we can tailor the Parkinson’s care to the specific needs of the individual.
Whilst we take a personal and tailored approach to care, we also use our knowledge and experience of the different stages of Parkinson’s to suggest ways in which we can help.
We work with family, nurses, and other professionals to ensure there is the right support plan in place, and that we have identified goals and outcomes to work towards.
Parkinson’s is a complex, progressive disease and can affect people in very different ways. It is a brain disease that affects the body’s neurotransmitters that help to regulate the body’s movements. People affected can display both motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms.
The motor symptoms are easier to monitor. A tremor, loss of balance, or a freezing of the muscles often begins suddenly and can be distressing for the person affected, especially if it impacts their speech or movement. We help to rebuild the confidence of those in our care so they can overcome the practical challenges that these changes bring about.
The non-motor symptoms are less obvious, but can have a bigger impact, as they affect how a person feels and thinks. They can include:
These indicators will often emerge prior to the more physical symptoms. Understanding and recognising these allows us to provide both emotional and practical support from the outset.
We’re here to listen to your concerns and hear about the mental and physical changes you’ve observed. If you wish, we can liaise with your specialist medical professionals on your behalf. Please contact us if you need support. You don’t need to feel that you’re muddling through on your own.
This site explains the different stages of Parkinson’s well.
There’s lots of help and advice on this site.
The NHS pages provide simple explanations.
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