Parkinson’s Care

Caring Hearts of Rochester provides professional caregivers specializing in helping seniors overcomeParkinson's Disease Home Care the challenges of Parkinson’s Disease and live independently.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition caused by not having enough of a chemical in the brain called dopamine.

  • Without dopamine people find that their movements become slower and it takes longer to do things.
  • Our psychological screening process allows us to be sure the caregivers we assign have the patience, understanding, and positive attitude so important to families coping with Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s symptoms include tremor, rigidity, and freezing, difficulty with speech /swallowing, incontinence, and pain.

  • Professional caregivers are vital to helping the individual with the disease maintain independence and not exhaust their family caregivers.
  • Assistance with ADLs (activities of daily living) by a caregiver that relieves the family of these burdens so they can conserve their energy to take care of themselves and enjoy life.
  • People with Parkinson’s disease may become withdrawn due to their symptoms.

Symptoms often not talked about include:

  • memory problems,
  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • sleep problems,
  • and sexual problems (hyper sexuality or low sex drive).

Care at home provides one-on-one care to assist people with these issues in addition to personal care.

How quickly the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develops will differ from one person to the next.

There are many non-medical things you can do to improve the quality of living for someone with Parkinson’s Disease such as diet. Our non-medical caregivers pay special attention to nutrition and hydration, as outlined by a professional nutritionist.

  • Get enough calcium. It helps keep bones strong. Milk and cheese are good calcium sources.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fiber can help prevent constipation.
  • Cut food into small pieces to aid in chewing and swallowing.
  • Chew slowly and swallow carefully to avoid choking.
  • Drink plenty of water between bites.

A few simple adjustments around the house can make a big difference but sometimes the most obvious things get overlooked. At Caring Hearts of Rochester, your safety and comfort are our number one priority. Call us today to arrange a free in-home consultation to see if home care is right for you and your family, 585-245-0134.