Parkinson’s Disease Program
More than 1 million people in the United States are living with Parkinson’s Disease, and an additional 60,000 people are diagnosed with it each year. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder that tends to affect more senior adults, but it can strike younger people as well. It is often a very unpredictable condition robbing people of their balance, coordination and mobility.
At Blue Water Homecare, we have a specialty team of experienced in-home caregivers trained in Parkinson’s Disease management to help you and your family.
We recognize the importance of well-educated providers who focus on client safety, nutrition, wellness, and on-time medication reminders. We are able to tailor care plans based on each individual’s needs, which can frequently and rapidly change as the disease progresses.
Our Blue Water Homecare founder and registered nurse, Jennifer Prescott, is actively involved in the Austin-area Parkinson’s community and tirelessly offers her support and leadership to the Capital Area Parkinson’s Society of Austin (CAPS).
Living With Parkinson’s
The rate at which symptoms of Parkinson’s progress is unpredictable. From the moment of an initial diagnosis, you may have very mild symptoms, or they may come on swiftly and severely.
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Some common symptoms of Parkinson’s include:
- Tremors or uncontrollable shaking throughout the body
- Limb rigidity
- Loss of muscle control
- Gait and balance issues
- Decreased mobility
- Sleep disorders
While your loved one is faced with the physical toll that Parkinson’s takes on his or her body, it is typically those closest to the person who are challenged with the equally difficult emotional toll that the disease elicits.
Managing the disease on your own in its early stages at home is one thing, but as it progresses, you may discover that your family needs more assistance via an in-home care agency.
How Can Blue Water Help You With Parkinson’s Care?
When it becomes too difficult to care for your loved one with Parkinson’s on your own, Blue Water Homecare is ready to help. We offer a variety of home care services for families affected by Parkinson’s at every stage of the disease.
Whether it is just visiting to offer companionship while helping with meals or housework, or your needs require more physically demanding attention later on–such as lifting in and out of bathtubs, or transportation to and from medical appointments, Blue Water Homecare can handle it for you.
Our skilled at-home care providers who specialize in Parkinson’s are also keenly aware of the sensitivities associated with body stiffness, tremors, and lack of mobility. We will work intently to ensure that your loved one always feels comfortable and safe as we help guide them through everyday tasks.
Helpful services that Blue Water Homecare provides include:
- Meal Preparation
- Bathing & Grooming
- Medication Reminders
- Incontinence Care
- Escort to Appointments
- Sitter Services
Additional services can often be customized as well to ensure that we are meeting your family’s needs.
What Does a Daily Care Plan for Parkinson’s Look Like?
Here is a sample care plan that we might provide for our Parkinson’s clients:
- Grooming (teeth brushed or dentures cleaned)
- Meal preparation for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and healthy snacks
- Grocery shopping
- Medication reminders
- Transporting to appointments
- Assisting with an exercise plan