Part 2 of a Multi-Part Series on Parkinson's Disease
Individuals living with Parkinson’s disease have a unique set of needs and challenges. This does not mean, however, that Parkinson’s patients are unable to live comfortably at home and maintain their independence. While Parkinson’s disease can limit a person’s movements, qualified home care professionals can help patients cope with their symptoms and enjoy a full life. With the assistance of a sophisticated home care system or home care software, such as ClearCare, caregivers are better equipped than ever before to provide excellent care to Parkinson’s patients.
1. ClearCare’s extensive research has helped them develop a fully integrated home care system that gives home care agencies a higher level of supervision for their caregivers. Since Parkinson’s disease may progress gradually, it is crucial for caregivers and family members to be aware of the patient’s regular behaviors. Knowing what symptoms to look for enables caregivers to monitor the progression of the disease and alert physicians when concerning symptoms appear. Not only does ClearCare’s home care software encourage increased communication between the caregiving team, it mandates such communication.
2. Home care software allows caregivers to better manage daily activities. Parkinson’s disease may limit a person’s movements and affect his coordination. Caregivers can make note of this in ClearCare’s home care software and outline daily activities that the patient needs assistance with. Caregivers can refer back to their home care software to see if the patient has:
• Difficulty swallowing
• Incontinence or constipation issues
• Trouble speaking
• Muscle rigidity
• Erratic movements
Having easy access to this information will help caregivers provide better care tailored to each client’s specific needs.
3. A reliable home care system helps Parkinson’s patients maintain independence and quality of life. Coping with Parkinson’s can be extremely challenging but it should not mean that a person loses out on the enjoyment of daily living. Home care allows the patient to remain comfortable and at ease in his own home but still receive the assistance he needs. Patients who are unnecessarily placed in nursing homes or assisted living facilities can quickly lose their zest for life and become seriously depressed. Hiring an in-home caregiver familiar with ClearCare’s home care system is the best way to avoid this preventable situation.
Parkinson’s patients require a team of caregivers in order to cope with their symptoms. ClearCare’s home care system is designed to coordinate care and keep communication open between all team members. More importantly however, home care software is designed to help Parkinson’s patients live comfortably at home.