Comfort Home Care provides in-home care services to individuals who are struggling with Parkinson’s Disease in Montgomery and Howard County, MD, in addition to Washington DC. Comfort Home Care’s in-home care services for Parkinson’s Disease provides comprehensive support with the vital Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) that is required in order to continue living a more full and happy life despite the limitations and difficulties of serious disease.
When you are determining which in-home care agency is right for you or your loved one, here are some questions to consider:
- Is the individual struggling to complete ADLs or unable to complete them without assistance?
- What positive impacts can an in-home care agency provide to an individual with Parkinson’s Disease?
- How can in-home care services support caregivers?
- How experienced and qualified is the in-home care agency?
Situations Requiring In-Home Care
A diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease can quickly lead to feelings of disbelief, dismay, and despair. Sadly, there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease and science has yet to determine the specific causes of this neurodegenerative brain disorder. Parkinson’s Disease affects muscle control and movement. A person who is afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease will gradually begin to lose independence due to disease and will struggle with a variety Primary Motor Symptoms including but not limited to:
- Resting Tremor
- Postural Instability
- Other symptoms
The lack of total muscle control and movement for someone with Parkinson’s Disease may lead to difficulty completing some of the basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) which can include:
- Personal Hygiene
- Toileting/Continence Care
In-Home Care for Parkinson’s Disease
The lack of total muscle control and movement for someone with Parkinson’s Disease may lead to difficulty completing some of the basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). It is important to keep in mind that an individual’s ability to perform these activities of daily living (ADLs) is crucial to maintaining independence, safety, and a desirable quality-of-life. In-home care for Parkinson’s disease can greatly increase the quality-of-life for individuals afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease to live more comfortably and as independently as possible in a familiar home setting or facility.
Our in-home care professionals can support individuals who are managing Parkinson’s Disease by helping them complete every task included in the major categories of ADLs which are summarized below.
Maintaining healthy diet is very important for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease so that they do not suffer from any additional health issues as a result of poor nutrition or a lack of nutrition. We can prepare and serve nutritious meals, assist with feeding, and clean up everything afterwards.
Bathing and Hygiene
Many people with Parkinson’s Disease need extra help with bathing and keeping up with a reasonable level of personal hygiene that would include attention on oral and skin care. Our professional caregivers fully understand the different pace required to care for those struggling with serious neuromuscular disorder and we respect their wishes and preferences. We are also aware that those who must stay in a bed or in a wheelchair are at risk for bedsores which can cause unwanted complications. We are conscious of this concern and make every effort to prevent them or resolve them quickly should they occur.
Our highly qualified in-home care professionals appreciate that clients may want to do as much as they can for themselves accommodate these desires within reason. If they can put clothing on but only needs help for buttons or shoes, we give them time to do it their way and try to have multiple wardrobe choices available. However, our nurturing aides will ensure that the dressing/undressing process goes smoothly.
Routine grooming is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and strong level of confidence. Nails need to be clipped and hair needs to be clean and trimmed or shaved. We can help with these tasks and all other grooming needs.
Parkinson’s Disease often causes an imbalanced gait, resulting in trips and falls. Maintaining safe mobility in the home is extremely important. For individuals afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, exercise is also needed for maintaining mobility, balance, and flexibility. Our home caregivers can ensure safe mobility inside or outside the home as well as stretching, walking, and other light exercise programs when applicable.
Parkinson’s Disease can make it difficult to take a trip to the bathroom alone and even harder for those struggling with incontinence. We offer kind and patient support with toileting and continence care which can include the emptying of catheter drainage bags and changing adult diapers in a safe and sanitary manner.
In-home Care Locations
Our Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Geriatric Care Assistants (GNA) typically provide care in different locations such as: private residences, independent and assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. Our aides are experienced and aware of the specific adjustments needed to provide care to each of these situations present and how to support each individual’s unique needs.
It can be very difficult to initially admit that that one needs extra help with ADLs such as personal hygiene or toileting/continence care, but accepting these new realities and moving forward with a well-designed care plan to meet these new needs will make a life with Parkinson’s Disease less burdensome and overwhelming.
Benefits of In-Home Care for Parkinson’s Disease
The in-home care services provided by Comfort Home Care can help individuals afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease to maintain a higher quality-of-life and appropriate levels of independence. Our caregivers understand the tough days when our client is struggling with the extreme difficulties of Primary Motor Symptoms. Comfort Home Care’s professional caregivers are trained to notice changes in posture and subtle facial expressions in order to adjust care as needed.
Individuals who are receiving care feel confident knowing that they have someone to rely on for additional assistance in completing ADLs. Additionally, time with our caring professionals become welcomed opportunities for social interaction for individuals who may be struggling with a lack of social stimulation and companionship.
How In-Home Care Supports Caregivers
Our in-home care for Parkinson’s Disease also focuses on supporting primary caregivers and other family members by taking on a portion of the responsibilities of providing care. Satisfying the daily needs of a loved one who is managing Parkinson’s Disease can be overwhelming for any caregiver. In-home care services can help to alleviate much of the anxiety, stress, and other difficult emotions that commonly accompany full-time or part-time caregiving.
Our support can help primary caregivers to take advantage of much needed free time for their other responsibilities beyond caregiving. Comfort Home Care’s in-home care services for Parkinson’s Disease strive to make life simpler and by executing a carefully designed and comprehensive in-home care plan.
Comfort Home Care’s Professional In-Home Care Team
Comfort Home Care has offered reliable in-home care services for individuals managing Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers since 1999. We employ talented and experienced Geriatric Nursing Assistants (GNAs) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who are licensed iby the state of Maryland. Comfort Home Care can offer quality in-home care services for individuals and caregivers in Montgomery County, Howard County, and Washington DC. To ensure that our clients are being cared for by the best professionals available, our hiring process includes the following components:
- Thorough in-person interview(s)
- Required health screenings
- Comprehensive national criminal background check
- In-depth review of personal references
- Evaluation of oral and written communication abilities
People Centered Care
Comfort Home Care’s in-home care services revolve around the philosophy of People Centered Care. People Centered Care is the practice of treating the whole person rather than the diagnosis. People Centered Care understands that clients and caregivers play vital roles in developing and assessing care to ensure that it attends to the full spectrum of an individual’s wants/needs. Our team diligently seeks to understand each client’s varied likes and dislikes, their hobbies, dietary restrictions and preferences, and the stimulating activities they wish to continue to engage in while they remain under our care. This allows us to match our clients with a trusted and friendly caregiver that is the best fit for them.
Getting Started With In-Home Care
Electing in-home care services for yourself or your loved one is an important decision. Comfort Home Care empowers clients and their families to make an informed decision regarding in-home care by providing a complimentary evaluation at the beginning of the in-home care process. Out three part process involves the following steps:
- We begin our complimentary evaluation by one of our Registered Nurses (RN) in order to assess the degree of care needed and requested. Our Company Representative, Director of Nursing, and our Director of Care gather and compile information so that they can make well thought out recommendations that will have a positive impact.
- After completing the evaluation, our RN will then create a care plan, custom-tailored to the individual.
- We take great care in matching the care provider to your loved one’s needs and personality. We’ve noticed that when we ensure the client and caregiver are well-matched, a therapeutic bond forms that makes it easier for our clients to be comfortable, safe, and content.
Request a Complimentary In-Home Care Evaluation Today
If you or a loved one is struggling with Parkinson’s Disease and would like further information on the valuable benefits that our in-home care for Parkinson’s Disease services provide, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or online to discuss your needs and schedule a free in-home care evaluation today.