Parkinson’s disease can steal so much from your family member and as the later stages become more apparent, you may need far more help in order to keep her comfortable. Palliative care providers can do so much to improve the quality of life for your family member as Parkinson’s progresses. The more that you learn about what they can do, the more you can relax into their help.
Comfort and Understanding Are Key Features
The motivation behind palliative treatment methods is always about keeping you and your family member comfortable and as happy as possible. This type of care isn’t about curing Parkinson’s disease but managing the symptoms that make it so difficult for your family member. Palliative treatment methods can also help you to feel better understood as her caregiver.
They Can Assist with Transitioning to Lesser Mobility
One of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease is that your family member is highly likely to have greater and greater difficulty with mobility. She may start with having trouble walking and then gradually she might transition to being wheelchair-bound and finally restricted to her bed. These are difficult transitions for anyone to make and it’s difficult to watch your family member to go through this. Palliative care professionals have helped other people with these transitions and they can help your family member, too.
Speech Problems Can Become More Difficult
For many Parkinson’s sufferers, speech and being understood can become extremely difficult. Learning other ways to communicate can be very helpful, but you need someone who can help you and your family member to do this. Palliative care can include professionals who deal with this sort of change all the time. With a little bit of practice and everyone being on the same page, communication becomes easier for everyone.
Trouble with Breathing and Swallowing Require Specific Assistance
Because Parkinson’s disease affects so many muscles, breathing and swallowing can become far more difficult in the later stages of the illness. Palliative care providers are aware of how to help your family member to deal with those issues more effectively. They can also show you what you can do that can help your family member to be more comfortable with both eating and breathing, even if you’re on your own with her.
As your family member’s needs change, so too can her palliative care plan. Working with her medical team and her palliative care providers you can sort through what treatments can help her the very most.
If you or an aging parent are considering palliative care in Bethlehem, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.