Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects motor and non-motor functions. The disease affects the dopamine-producing nerve cells in a specific area of the brain. The motor symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors, speech changes, gait, and balance problems. Some non-motor symptoms include anxiety, apathy, depression, personality changes, cognitive impairment (including Dementia), sleep disturbances, constipation, and smell loss. Sometimes people with Parkinson’s will have Lewy Body Dementia with behavioral disorders. Since there is no cure, treatments help relieve symptoms.
Texas Angels understand the complexities of caring for clients with Parkinson’s. Our comprehensive program is responsive to the changing physical and behavioral needs of this progressive disease. In addition to our providing the care listed below, we provide emotional support through relationship building and companionship.
We provide a two-pronged approach to caring for clients with Parkinson’s disease:
- Assistance with the physical symptoms of the disease
- Support for the psychological components
We know each client is unique and work to provide an individualized program based on the client’s strengths, limitations, coping ability, and family support.
Care for Physical Symptoms: (in addition to our basic ADL & IADL programs)
- Safe Ambulation – Fall prevention
- Medication Reminders – Compliance with prescribed medications
- Assistance with ADLs (concerning the severity of symptoms)
- Home Exercise Program (as determined by your physical therapist or physician) Care for Psychological Symptoms: (in addition to our Dementia Care program)
- Impulse control – anticipating the potential for inappropriate language, impulsive behavior, and touching
- Aggression – identifying and avoiding triggers, using redirection to promote less aggressive behaviors
- Anxiety/Depression – Provide quality companionship with focuses on relationship building, quality companionship, and purposeful activity