Parkinson’s Care: Finding Support for the Caregiver

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Acting as caregiver for an aging parent or loved one with Parkinson’s can be a rewarding experience. You can form a deeper relationship with your loved one, while giving back and showing your appreciate and love. However, because Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease, care needs can evolve quickly and often become more difficult to manage throughout each stage.

If you provide Denton County Parkinson’s care for a loved one, know that you don’t have to do this alone. There are many options for support, both physically and emotionally. Getting necessary help will not only benefit your personal health and wellness, but will positively affect the level of quality of care you provide to your loved one.

How Can Family Caregivers Find Support?

Aside from seeking the help of relatives and acquaintances, caregivers can find Parkinson’s Disease support groups in their own community or find national caregiver organizations online that specifically address their concerns. The following list can be a good starting point for a caregiver to receive the help they need:

  • National Family Caregivers Association
  • Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
  • Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
  • WE MOVE
  • National Parkinson Foundation
  • Well Spouse Association
  • American Parkinson Disease Association

Types of Support That May Be Beneficial to a Parkinson’s Caregiver 

It’s important for caregivers to recognize their limitations, have an organized routine and acknowledge any emotions they may be experiencing.

  • Respite Care – Respite care designed for caregivers who need a break from their daily responsibilities. A reliable and professional caregiver can come to the home and provide part-time care, assisting with cooking, cleaning, transportation and more, while ensuring the safety of your aging loved one. Click here to learn more about hourly home care for respite in Denton County.
  • Financial Support – Holding a job is not a viable option for someone who is a full-time family caregiver. Financial support however, is available through local financial assistance programs, charities, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) and the National Families Caregiver Support Program.
  • Emotional Support – Not everyone can receive support from family and friends. When this is the case, caregivers can join online support groups and discussion boards and get support from professional mental health services if they feel overwhelmed by their duties. Online discussion boards can also be a great way to connect with those in similar situations.
  • Medical Support – It is essential that caregivers constantly stay on top of their routine medical appointments. Because caregiving can be physically taxing, regular check-ups and screenings are advised to ensure overall health.

For more information about in-home support, visit our website at www.homecareassistancedenton.com or call a Care Manager directly at 972-468-6010. We specialize in care for seniors with Parkinson’s and have highly trained caregivers available 24/7.