Parkinson’s care at home


Having Parkinson’s can feel overwhelming if you don’t have the right information and support.

It’s normal to be worried when someone you love gets diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The fear of the unknown can be unsettling. Despite this, it’s vital to remain positive. Thanks to ongoing research, live-in care techniques and assistive technology, it is possible to live well with Parkinson’s, and remain at home.

At Edyn we know first hand the power of having familiar surroundings. We hope, therefore, to lighten the burden and help you through the experience by sharing some useful information that will enable you to understand the disease a little better.

What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is a neurological disease in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years.

There are many different types of Parkinsons’

It is progressive, meaning that symptoms will eventually get worse. It is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Dopamine plays a vital role in regulating the movement of the body. A reduction in dopamine is responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Exactly what causes the loss of nerve cells is unclear. Most experts think that combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible.

Some prominent types of Parkinson’s are:


Symptoms


Telling the difference between types of parkinsonism isn’t always easy as the first symptoms of the different forms of Parkinsonism are so similar. In many cases, parkinsonism develops gradually. Most people with Parkinson’s start to develop symptoms when they’re over 50.

Everyone with Parkinsonism is different and has different symptoms. There are four main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.


Tremor:

Shaking, which usually begins in the hand or arm and is likely to occur when the limb is relaxed and resting.

Slowness of movement:

This is known as bradykinesia which is when physical movements are much slower than normal, which can make everyday tasks difficult and result in a distinctive slow, shuffling walk with very small steps.

Muscle stiffness:

Stiffness and tension in the muscles, which can make it difficult to move around and make facial expressions, and can result in painful muscle cramps.

Loss of sense of smell:

Sometimes occurs several years before other symptoms develop.

Parkinson’s facts and stats

145,000

people in the UK living with Parkinson’s

Men are 

1.4

times more likely to have Parkinsons than women

2 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s

Every hour

1 in 37

people alive in the UK will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime

14%

of the social care budget is spent on people with neurological conditions

We don't yet know

exactly why people get Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s live-in care

We understand that with patience, trust and genuine care, we can help those diagnosed with Parkinson's maintain a high quality of life and live comfortably in their own home.

Ensuring your home is Parkinson’s friendly

Ensuring your home is Parkinson’s friendly

When considering live-in care it’s important to ensure that the home of the care recipient is safe and secure. Does it compensate for any difficulties they are experiencing? Does it keep them safe? Does it support their mobility?

At Edyn as part of our approach we complete a home risk assessment for all of our clients. Our care managers ensure that your home is the best possible setting for care. Small changes can make big differences.

Top Parkinson's care tip:


Monitoring “on” and “off” periods can be helpful to understand individuals movement during those times. This can help adjust treatment and care recommendations

Professional carers trained specifically for Parkinson’s:

Professional carers trained specifically for Parkinson’s:

Our professional care teams receive on-going training, mentoring and support based on the latest thinking and research that ensure they have the skills to deliver positive Parkinson’s care. This includes:

  • Managing and administering medications
  • Ensuring safe mobility in and around the home
  • Maintaining exercise
  • Sensory and dental care
  • What our customers say:

    What makes Edyn stand out from other agencies we have used for live-in care is the fact that they care - the human touch is there.”

    Sarah Maya
    Mum

    Julie Maya
    Daughter

    Why choose live-in care with Edyn

    proffesional carers

    First class professional carers

    Each one of our carers is trained in house by our care support team.

    Support Teams

    Support teams to manage your care.

    Our dedicated care specialists will handle the progression of your care.

    Technology

    Technology to keep everyone updated

    Each one of our carers is trained in house by our care support team.

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