“We know that people affected by Parkinson’s can receive a better care experience when the caregiver has specific knowledge and effective care approaches to help manage the disease,” says Sandi McCann, HomeCare of the Rockies president. “Because of the specific and ongoing training our caregivers receive in Parkinson’s, dementia, and other conditions, they are knowledgeable and prepared to help clients with any variety of challenges. This way we directly help our clients with Parkinson’s and other conditions to stay active and independent, longer.”
Approaches for Managing Parkinson’s Disease
There are many interventions – from medications, to therapy, to intensive aerobic exercises, and simple tips to aid movement around the house – that can help people in managing Parkinson’s disease, says Hope Engel, PT, DPT, GCS, the outpatient rehab manager at Life Care Center of Longmont, Engel led the comprehensive Parkinson’s training for HomeCare of the Rockies caregivers.
Here are a few of the strategies she covered with caregivers that you can use at home:
Develop a qualified care team. Creating a network of doctors, physical, speech, and occupational therapists, and caregivers trained in Parkinson’s support is key to helping the individual stay engaged and able to manage daily tasks. It’s also an essential support for the family caregiver.
There is a lot of evidence that the more activity and movement the patient receives the better they do and the greater their overall well-being and independence.