Parkinson’s disease affects the brain and manifests with symptoms such as shaking and difficulties with muscle coordination, walking, swallowing and speaking. Someone who has Parkinson’s may experience troubles getting around safely. Fortunately, a NY home caregiver can help a senior with Parkinson’s securely navigate the world. Here’s how.
Every person is different, and Parkinson’s impacts people in various ways. One person might not show many symptoms, while another person shows a lot but then shows positive response to medication. Caregivers tailor their approaches according to the needs of their clients.
Safety hazards aren’t always as obvious as you may think. Cords that a senior could trip over are relatively easy for anyone to notice and remove, but what about food? A NY home caregiver monitors a senior’s food intake, encouraging him when necessary to consume milk shakes or gelatin to facilitate swallowing. Soft and moist foods that don’t create crumbs are best; crumbs may get trapped in the throat and cause choking.
A caregiver also helps a senior with Parkinson’s perform resistance training exercises that reduce stiffness and enhance balance and walking. These improvements are a tremendous boost to mood and safety. They lead to better handling of objects and to lesser likelihood of accidents.
Caregivers also perform light housekeeping tasks such as vacuuming and can help with meal preparation. Such assistance puts seniors in fewer potentially dangerous situations.
It’s easy for even the most mentally alert people to forget to take their medication. Caregivers can create a medication list, remind seniors to take their medication and check that they’re doing so properly.
A NY home caregiver provides mental stimulation in many ways. They open up a senior’s world, offering socialization, transportation and activities. Walks, music in the park, movies—none of it is out of reach. Caregivers contact family and friends to visit, and help seniors stay in touch through Facebook and other social media.