Coping Tips for Caregivers of Those With Parkinson’s Disease
As a caregiver of someone with Parkinson’s disease, you have a lot to do:
- You help maintain the quality of life for your loved one.
- You educate yourself about symptoms, treatments, and the progression of the disease.
- You keep track of appointments with the doctor, medication schedules, and exercise.
- You offer the love and support necessary to meet the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.
You are a caregiver. The role you have taken on is not an easy one. The following tips offer some guidance on how you can help your loved one.
- Take time for yourself. Make sure you have time to relax. If necessary, enlist the help of other family members or even hire someone to assist you in providing care.
- Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s disease. That way you’ll understand what changes to expect in your loved one’s behavior or symptoms and how you can best help when those changes occur.
- Let your loved one participate. Don’t try to do everything for your loved one. Allow him or her the time to complete daily activities on his or her own, such as dressing.