Tips for Caring for Someone With Parkinson’s Disease

A woman who is caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease supports him as they walk together and look at flowers in an outdoor market.
Caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease is easier with these tips.

The majority of older adults who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease receive most of the care they require from loved ones at home, especially during the early stages of the disease. As a top-rated provider of both medical and non-medical home care services, we at Nightingale Homecare understand the unique concerns experienced by family members who are caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease, and we want you to know you are not alone! We’re always here to offer tips and to partner with you in making sure the person you love is receiving the very best care at all times.

To start, keep these Parkinson’s disease tips in mind:

  • Diet: Good nutrition helps decrease cell loss in someone with Parkinson’s. Consuming antioxidants, like those found in green tea, broccoli, blueberries, spinach, beans, and some types of nuts, can help fight against oxidative stress.
  • Chewing and Swallowing: People with Parkinson’s often have some level of difficulty with chewing and swallowing. Anyone who is caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s needs to know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver to be prepared to help if the person begins to choke.
  • Anxiety and Depression: Reducing the risk for anxiety and depression is a predominant challenge in the battle against Parkinson’s disease. Closely monitor the person for signs of depression, and if suspected, make sure the person talks to the doctor for assistance as soon as possible.
  • Medications: Medications prescribed to treat Parkinson’s can have a wide range of side effects, and can affect the person in a multitude of ways. Some types of medication can cause hallucinations or nightmares, for example. Make sure the person’s physician advises you about any possible side effects of medications so you can be prepared.
  • Fall Prevention: People with Parkinson’s often have difficulty with walking and balance, so it’s crucial to assess the home environment and make modifications to reduce the risk of falls. Installing items like raised toilet seats and grab bars where appropriate, and removing obstacles in and around the home, are great places to start.

How Home Care Can Help

The expert care team at Nightingale Homecare is here to help you and the person you’re caring for with Parkinson’s disease in a variety of ways. Contact us at (602) 504-1555 to request additional resources or to learn more about our in-home care services in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Phoenix, or anywhere in the Valley. See our full service area page to find out if we’re available to help in your location.