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Tips for First Time Parkinson’s Caregivers

By Rick Cohen, 8:00 am on

Selfless and loving family members often step up to act as caregiver when a senior loved one is diagnosed with Parkinson’s. However, it’s important to realize that as a caregiver for someone with Parkinson’s, you’ll have a lot on your plate with duties likely ranging from keeping track of appointments to ensuring that the home environment is as safe as possible. If you’re a first time Parkinson’s caregiver, Milwaukee Home Care Assistance presents a few tips to help enhance care at home:

Educate Yourself on Parkinson’s

Learn as much as you can about Parkinson’s, both from online sources and from the patient’s doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to ensure that you have a solid understanding of what to expect, what to look for, and how to react in various situations you’re likely to encounter.

Don’t Do Everything for Your Loved One

There’s no reason to do every little thing for your loved one with Parkinson’s. Base the assistance you provide on your loved one’s abilities. Not only will this make things less stressful for you, it will also help to maintain your loved one’s sense of independence.

Find Reliable Support

Have a reliable source you can contact for support and advice if you have any questions, such as your loved one’s doctor or another trusted healthcare professional familiar with how Parkinson’s is currently affecting your loved one. For inexperienced caregivers, getting help from a professional home caregiver, whether an hourly or live-in caregiver in Milwaukee, can help to ensure maximum safety and comfort, especially as the disease progresses. You may also consider having a friend or family member you can also turn to for any emotional support you may need.

Set Short-Term Goals

Instead of focusing on what’s likely to happen as the condition progresses, set short-term goals for both yourself and your loved one. Short-term goals can include setting up a weekly schedule so your loved one will know what to expect. Planning outings to local parks or shopping centers can give your loved one something to look forward to rather than simply thinking about their daily care needs.

Most importantly, don’t stop living your life. There’s nothing wrong with scheduling some time off by arranging for others to take over for you while you recharge or even hiring a professional caregiver service on a part-time basis. You and your loved one will be better off if you’re well rested and better focused. For more information on reliable support services, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Milwaukee today. Not only are our caregivers highly trained and experienced, they specialize in Milwaukee Parkinson’s care and can provide your loved one with the level of assistance they need throughout any stage of the disease. Call 414-964-8000 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.

Parkinson's Care: What First Time Caregivers Need to Know