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Tips for Maintaining Your Relationship with Your Senior as They Deal with Parkinson’s Disease

Home Care in Manteca CA

Caring for an elderly adult who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease can be extremely challenging. As they progress through the disease your loved one will encounter a wide variety of symptoms Home-Care-in-Manteca-CAand limitations, and as their family caregiver you will need to devote time, energy, and effort to helping them address these needs and remain safe, healthy, and comfortable as they age in place. As you are offering this care and support, however, it is important that you do not overlook the value of a continued bond and relationship with them. It is easy to turn all of your focus on helping them handle their symptoms and challenges, but focusing on maintaining your parent-child relationship will keep their mental and emotional health high while also bringing additional meaning to your care relationship.

 

Use these tips to help you maintain your relationship with your elderly parent as they deal with Parkinson’s disease:

  • Behave as you did before. Knowing that your senior is suffering a condition that will progress in intensity and eventually result in their death is stressful and upsetting. You might feel uncomfortable and not know how to approach your parent. In general it is best to not change your behavior. Remain comfortable, casual, and at ease with them just as you would have before the diagnosis. This will keep your relationship strong and help your parent to feel more at ease throughout their progression.
  • Focus on communication. Your elderly parent might have difficulty communicating as they progress through the disease. Make this easier for them by eliminating distractions, looking directly at them, and making sure that you use straightforward, uncomplicated language to express yourself.
  • Show your love. Some of the care tasks that you need to complete for your parent might not be pleasant and could make you and your parent uncomfortable. Focus on showing your love to your loved one at each juncture of the care journey. Even when you are doing something that may be sensitive, show respect, dignity, and love so that your parent remembers that you are doing this for them because of your bond, and that they are still valuable and precious to you.

 

In your care journey with an elderly adult who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, your support team will be one of the most beneficial and meaningful tools that you will have to help ensure that your senior gets all of the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need. One of the most valuable components of this support team can be a home care provider. Starting home for an elderly adult who is dealing with PD is a powerful way to ensure that they always have access to what they need to stay safe, healthy, and comfortable, and to continue to pursue a quality of life that they desire and deserve. It is particularly beneficial to introduce an in-home senior care services provider into your loved one’s care routine as early in their journey with Parkinson’s as possible. This enables your parent to get accustomed to the provider themselves as well as the idea of receiving care for tasks and activities that they are used to managing on their own. The care provider can also address your parent’s current symptoms and challenges while designing a future approach to manage further issues as your parent progresses through the condition. When it comes to helping you maintain your relationship with your senior throughout this journey, the highly personalized services of a home care provider can relieve your stress and enable you to step back and spend more time devoted to your bond rather than care tasks.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Manteca, CA, please contact the caring staff at ApexCare®. Proudly Serving Sacramento, Yolo, Placer & El Dorado Counties. Call Today 916-924-9111.

 

Sources:

http://www.parkinson.org/find-help/blogs/caregiver-corner/december-2016

Jason Wu, President

President at ApexCare
I first became aware of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago when my grandmother was diagnosed with this disease.I saw firsthand how critical it was to have a loving family or caregiver to ensure my grandmother’s safety and daily well-being.My grandmother was fortunate enough to have close family members who cared for her as her Alzheimer’s disease progressed.

Since then, I have had a strong interest in helping and supporting our senior community as they age and are unable to care for themselves.Coming from a family of physicians, I am excited to be involved in the medical community by providing the highest levels of non-clinical in-home care to our clients and their families.With my work experience, I firmly believe that ApexCare can touch many lives and have a great impact on our local senior community.

Prior to joining ApexCare, I worked in a wide variety of industries and have owned multiple businesses ranging from construction to mortgage banking.Outside of work, I am an active youth soccer and basketball coach, having coached recreational soccer for over 8 years and elementary school basketball for over 4 years.I graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.My career has been focused on building great organizations that deliver the highest absolute levels of service to our clients.I look forward to continuing this passion with ApexCare.

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