If your elderly loved one has a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, especially if they are in the late stage, it can be difficult to understand what care they need. The more you understand what is needed to take care of your elderly loved one, the better chances there will be that they can continue to live independently or with companion care at home providers assisting.
Greater Risk of Falls
It should be noted that there is a greater risk for falls now that your elderly loved one is in late-stage Parkinson’s disease. For this reason, you should make sure there is someone there with your elderly loved one when they are being mobile to help prevent falls. That way, you can reduce the chances of your elderly loved one getting injured.
Receiving Physical Therapy Services
If your elderly loved one is in late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, physical therapy services would be good. If your elderly loved one doesn’t currently attend physical therapy, you should have them get a referral from their doctor. The physical therapy sessions could help your elderly loved one to do more tasks for as long as possible. These physical therapists can be hands-on with your elderly loved one. They can also work with the companion care at home providers to have your elderly loved one do therapy moves at home.
Breaking Freezing Episodes
During this stage of your loved one’s disease, they are going to have freezing episodes. This is where they can’t move. However, there are ways to break these freezing episodes. You can use a laser pointer and have your elderly loved one step on the light. You can turn on a rhythm-based sound, such as drumming, and encourage your elderly loved one to step every time the rhythm beats. If needed, talk to your elderly loved one’s companion care at home providers to find out other ways that they break these episodes.
Extra Time for Activities
It is going to be more important than ever for you to leave extra time for daily activities. Some of the things that are going to be much more difficult are eating, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and picking things up. Leaving time for your elderly loved one to do these activities can make them feel better and be more independent.
Hire Companion Care at Home Providers to Assist
The late stage of Parkinson’s disease is tough on everyone. Your elderly loved one is going to need more and more help as their disease gets worse. You can get companion care at home providers to help with the care for your elderly loved one. You and other family caregivers can work with these home care providers to change your loved one’s care plan, as needed.
If you need to know more about this stage of Parkinson’s disease and what your elderly loved one will go through or what type of care they will need, please reach out to their doctor.