In-home Parkinson’s care - Live your best possible life now !!!
What is Parkinson’s disease ?
Parkinson’s disease (PD)is neurological disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine or simply we can also say Parkinson’s disease results from the destruction of nerve cells in a part of the brain.Actually, different parts of the brain work together by sending signals to each other to coordinate all of our thoughts, movements, emotions, and senses.Dopamine, a chemical (neurotransmitter) is produced in a group of brain cells and is essential for transmitting instructions/signals for body’s normal movements.
When the cells die, they can no longer produce and send Dopamine, so the signal to move doesn’t get communicated.The cause is unknown even at this time also. It progressively impacts part of the brain and leads to a number of symptoms that are difficult to manage, including tremors, slow movement, memory problems, anosmia (the loss of smell) and stiff muscles.
PD was first described in 1817 by James Parkinson, a British physician who published a paper on what he called "the shaking palsy." In this paper, he set forth the major symptoms of the disease that would later bear his name. PD belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. The four main symptoms aretremor or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, or head; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and posturalinstability, or impaired balance. These symptoms usually begin gradually and worsen with time. As they become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty in walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks.PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease worldwide now.Also, it is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, commonly found in males above the age of 60.
Musculoskeletal Changes :
- Weakness & Stiffness
- May have slumped, bent -over posture
- Shuffling walk, poor balance
- Mood changes
Gastrointestinal Changes :
- Drooling( drop saliva uncontrollably from the mouth )
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
Parkinson’s disease usually begins when a person is in his/her 60’s; although can strike in a person’s 20’s. However, being diagnosed with Parkinson’s doesn’t mark the end of an individual’s life. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you or your loved one should leave home and move into an Old AgeHome – not when we offer home-based nursing led Parkinson’s care. Whether a few hours a week to help during the early or maintenance phase of the condition or through to longer periods of care at the advanced, complex or palliative stages of Parkinson’s – we can help.
Parkinson’s disease touches every area of the individual’s life. Family and loved ones, especially spouses are also affected. Knowledge of specific training and a comprehensive approach are key to providing the best services to persons affected by Parkinson’s and their family members.
Parkinson’s Disease in Indian perspective :
Population of elderly Indians has increased from 5.6% (51 million) in 1961 to 7.1% (71million) in 2001, & as per the last census 8.6% (86 million) in 2011. This increasing life expectancy of Indians, in the last decade, is likely to result in an increase in age-related diseases like Parkinson and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Caring of this increasing elderly population with increase in age related disease (PD and Alzheimer's) can be very challenging but with proper methods of care it can be handled.
What does our Parkinson’s Care include?
- Support with personal care that is tailored to your needs.
- Visiting care that is responsive and can adapt as your needs change, supporting complex medication regimes.
- Carers who are experienced in caring for customers with Parkinson’s.
- We have variety of Care Plans for Patients : day care, night care, respite or a full time live-in carer.
- Emotional support, as well as promoting independence and restoring confidence.
- Fall prevention and management – working with you and your Occupational Therapist(OT) to ensure your environment is working with, not against you.
- Support with reduced mobility – your independence is key.
- Familiarity – symptoms of Parkinson’s are less heightened in familiar and comfortable surroundings of home.
- Help around the house with the housekeeping tasks that are proving difficult.
How “ Aador – Jotno ” can care Patient with Parkinson’s disease at Home ?
We believe that people living with Parkinson’s have the right to enjoy a high quality of life with independence and dignity in their own home. We appreciate how important it is for people with Parkinson’s to retain choice and control in life, and for many the desire to remain in one’s own home and community is essential to overall wellbeing.
Our Parkinson’s home care is person-centered and focused on building a true understanding of the fluctuating and individual nature of the condition. We understand the critical requirement for correct medication regimes, and our professional carers are trained to keep pace with the changeable nature of Parkinson’s, fully appreciating the side effects of medications and the physical health risks that can arise. We adopt a holistic approach recognising that Parkinson’s can mean a person is living not only with mobility issues but often will have emotional, social and psychological needs too. Our carers will support you by providing the necessary levels of support you or your loved one need to help cope up this situation. Importantly, our visiting care service works on the premise that we empower you to stay in control of your routine and medication. We will encourage you to lead as active a life as possible.
At “Aador – Jotno”, our caregivers are experienced to provide the care aperson with Parkinson’s disease needs, to deal with the changes that occur because of the disease. Our focus is to help you or a loved one to relieve the symptoms, enhance your overall well – being, assist with activities, and improving overall quality of life. Our carers can also provide help around the home, as well as taking personal care of the patient. From cooking meals and putting the washing machine on, to helping with more sensitive issues, like toileting and bathing – our carers can support you or your loved one in a number of ways.“Aador – Jotno”focuses on Personal Care, Companionship and/or Complex Personal Services to help a person maintain his/her activities of daily living and stay safe, happy and secure at home.
When our carers are not helping the people they care for with the medical aspects of Parkinson’s support, or helping out around the home, they love nothing more than a chat over a cup of tea. Many of our carers have struck up friendships, spanning years, with their customers. We recognise that continuity and consistency are important elements in any type of care. With our Parkinson’s care we don’t rotate carers. You or your loved one can rest assured you’ll receive the support your need without having to endure any upheaval.
“My mother’s health and overall mobility has improved so much since the carer took over – particularly now that her medications are now being managed well for the first time in years. Thank you for such a professional and efficient service.”
Mr. Snehashish Mukherji
“Thank you for the care and attention you gave my husband, Suja Di. He looked forward to your visits and started enjoying everyone as earlier. He continued to have a good sense of humor and great outlook but was also practical and knew what to expect. You are all very special people to us – doing a difficult job. Thanks for allowing me to continue being his wife and not his nurse.”
Mrs. Indrani Nath
“ When I was about to leave Kolkata for job leaving my father here, I was very doubtful what will happen & how his Parkinson’s disease will be taken care of. My mother is also not that stiff to take care of him as she is also suffering from Diabetes. So, I consulted some of my close friends & they suggested to hire a carer for him. I personally searched & found “ Aador – Jotno ”who provides such type of carer. I contacted them & briefed myconcern. They arranged a carer for my father, named Tulsi . Today I am 2yrs out of Kolkata only due to the carer. She is such a good woman, a true carer in every sense. She is taking thorough care of my father & I am really grateful to her. ”
“ I am a 73 yrs old man with Parkinson’s. I stay with my family in south Kolkata. Doctor has prescribed me to take help ofcarer who will monitor / observe me always& will support me in every day’s tasks. So my son has hired a carer for me. Initially I was hesitant with her but gradually I started liking her. She is very obedient, punctual &taking nice care of me. I go for morning walk with her & she has become a good companion of mine. I personally want to thank “ Aador – Jotno ” for providing me such a good carer. ”