Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition that damages parts of the brain over time. The physical and psychological effects of the disease can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, even compromising their safety at home.
Our complex care services are here to help. Under the guidance of our nurse-led team, we support people living with unique medical needs like Parkinson’s disease. Read on to discover how complex care in Christchurch can enable people living with Parkinson’s disease to live safely and comfortably at home for as long as possible.
The facts about Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in the brain. This leads to a reduction in dopamine, the chemical responsible for regulating the body’s movement. Hence, physical symptoms of the condition can include involuntary tremors, inflexible muscles, slow movement, and trouble with balance.
However, a person with Parkinson’s disease may also experience psychological symptoms including a rise in depression or anxiety, trouble sleeping, and memory issues. It can even lead to the loss of smell.
Research is exactly clear about what causes the loss of nerve cells in the first place, but it’s believed to be linked to genetic and environmental factors. Approximately one in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease with most people developing the condition when they’re over 50.
The effect on daily living
There’s no doubt that Parkinson’s disease is a life changing condition that presents a new set of challenges to everyday life. Because it’s a progressive disease, symptoms gradually get worse over time which can make it increasingly difficult to get by without additional support.
Mild symptoms can interfere with a person’s ability to complete daily activities without assistance, including simple tasks such as shaving or buttoning clothing. However, as symptoms progress, involuntary movements or stiff muscles can impact a person’s safety in their home by reducing mobility and increasing the risk of falling. Even preparing meals in the kitchen can potentially be dangerous.
Sadly, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease. However, being diagnosed with the condition does not mean the end of life. It’s still possible to maintain a high quality of life and feel fulfilled.
How can complex care help?
Support from a dedicated and compassionate carer can help a person living with a complex condition like Parkinson’s disease live safely and comfortably at home for longer. The flexible support we provide is uniquely tailored to a person’s needs to ensure that they get what they need to best help them thrive.
Our job is to help you manage the physical and psychological challenges the condition can bring to daily life. Not only are our experienced carers capable of assisting with household tasks and personal care, they’re also here to support emotional and mental wellbeing. While our nurse-led team is here to assist with any complex medical routines and help you manage symptoms, we’ll also promote your independence, ensure the house is as hazard-free as possible, and make sure you get to any appointments safely and on time.
Get in touch
If you or a loved one could benefit from the support we provide to those living with Parkinson’s disease, please do not hesitate to get in touch or telephone us on 01202 800 494. Our friendly team is here to answer any of your questions or provide more information.