Our highly experienced team of carers provide wholly personalised care plans for individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. We strive to ensure that all care recipients remain as independent and active as possible.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
A progressive neurological condition, Parkinson’s causes increasing damage to the brain over many years. The majority of people with a diagnosis develop symptoms after the age of 50; however, one in twenty people experience symptoms below the age of 40. Women are less likely than men to develop Parkinson’s, although this figure is only slightly lower.
There is treatment available to control Parkinson’s symptoms; however, adaptations may eventually have to be made in regards to managing everyday tasks.
Everyone’s experience of managing this condition will be different; however, it is recommended to exercise regularly, not only to alleviate symptoms but also to manage your mood and stress levels. It is also recommended that you maintain a nutritious diet.
Our team of experienced and considerate carers can provide the support you require. All of our care plans are tailored to your individual needs so that you can continue living your ideal lifestyle.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
There are numerous symptoms related to Parkinson’s, which are usually mild to begin with. Although the chances of one person developing most or all of these symptoms are small, a variety may surface.
The primary Parkinson’s symptoms include:
Muscle rigidity (stiffness)
Additional symptoms include:
Anosmia (loss of ability to smell)
Blurred vision, dizziness or fainting
Problems surrounding balance
Urination problems or constipation
Excessive saliva production (drooling)
What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s develops when the cells within a specific part of the brain that are responsible for producing dopamine no longer operate as they should, and are lost over time. Dopamine is used by the brain to aid movement control.
As more nerve cells become damaged and die, the production of dopamine continues to reduce; resulting in movement becoming abnormal and slow. This is a gradual process, with symptoms developing when approximately 80% of these nerve cells have been lost.
The exact cause behind the nerve loss that results in Parkinson’s is unknown; however, research is ongoing. It is currently believed that the condition is caused by a combination of environmental factors and genetic changes.
As the symptoms and impact of this condition vary from person to person, so does treatment. The aim of these treatments involves relieving symptoms and maintaining the highest quality of life.
Treatment may not be required during the early stages of Parkinson’s. However, your condition should be monitored by a specialist, and a Parkinson’s care plan should be put in place that involves the healthcare team, current carers, family members and, of course, the care recipient.
- Supportive therapies
What Our Clients Think
What Qualifications Do Our Parkinson's Carers Have?
Our Live In Carers are subjected to a rigorous and thorough selection process, where we determine suitability based on 6 key skills/aspects:
Significant Experience within Personal Care
A Compassionate & Caring Nature
Strong Organisation Skills
Flexibility, and ‘Client First’ Availability
Excellent Communication Skills
Sensitivity to Care Recipient Needs
Four Oaks Healthcare insist on delivering an unmatched level of care, and in order to do this, we only recruit and select the most appropriate and skilled caregivers
Why Choose Four Oaks Healthcare As Your Parkinson’s Care Provider?
Four Oaks Healthcare believes in a holistic approach to care. To achieve this, our carers undergo a rigorous selection process which includes demonstrating significant experience, fantastic organisation, a compassionate and caring nature, flexibility and sensitivity to the care needs of each person they work with.
All of the care packages we create and follow are tailored to the individual needs of each person. These care plans are as flexible as our carers and are regularly reviewed and audited. These plans can change as and when care needs alter.
Additionally, we understand that care must be centred around a fantastic relationship. That is why we carefully match our carers to each care recipient.