April being Parkinson's Awareness Month, Diane Bobbitt, Right at Home Franchisee, stopped by WBTV News Sunday Morning to go over to go over tips and warning signs viewers can look for the early stages of Parkinson's.
Four Main Motor Symptoms of PD:
· Shaking or tremor at rest.
· Slowness of movement, called bradykinesia.
· Stiffness or rigidity of the arms, legs or trunk.
· Trouble with balance and falls, also called postural instability. Postural instability usually appears later with disease progression and may not be present with initial diagnosis.
How Right at Home Can Help With Parkinson's Support
· Nutrition and Meal Planning. A healthy diet is essential for those with Parkinson's disease to help strengthen muscles and bones. Also, the National Parkinson Foundation offers these concerns regarding the nutritional needs of someone living with Parkinson's.
· Personal Supervision and Home Safety. Parkinson's disease often causes an unsteady gait, resulting in trips and falls. Get started now on safeguarding the home.
· Daily Mobility. Some people with Parkinson's disease need extra help with the activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, eating and using the bathroom. Our skilled caregivers are sensitive to the slowed pace the neuromuscular disorder presents, and we respect privacy and the need for a normal routine.
· Exercise For people with Parkinson's disease, exercise is vital to maintaining balance, mobility and strength. Our home caregivers can assist with stretching, walking and other light exercise programs.
· Transportation. Driving can be difficult or restricted for Parkinson's patients. Right at Home provides rides to appointments, therapy and other destinations. Our transport assistance also relieves family members from taking time off work.
· Family caregiver relief. Caring for someone with Parkinson's disease can be physically demanding and emotionally exhausting. We provide respite care for family caregivers and peace of mind for everyone involved in the care network.