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Parkinsons disease support – tips for caretakers.

Parkinson's disease is a long term medical condition that only progresses in time. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease at this time, only ways to help control it.

In most cases, dealing with the effects Parkinson's disease has on the patient can be difficult, especially the loss of independence. Patients often find themselves emotionally affected by Parkinson's disease, which can cause depression. But the patient is not the only one commonly affected by emotional distress due to this illness. Because this is a progressive disease, the spouse or caretakers of the patient also suffer emotional distress due to Parkinsons disease.

When seeing to the needs of a Parkinson's patient, many adjustments to daily living may be necessary. The person who has the disease may also find it physically demeaning to require such help, attention, and adjustments, especially if the caretaker happens to be a son or a daughter.

Many caretakers find themselves becoming both emotionally and physically drained from looking after the daily needs of their loved one with Parkinson's disease.

The work can be difficult, as well as the mental torture of seeing a loved one deteriorate. Therefore it is extremely important for caretakers of Parkinson's disease patients to monitor their own health, as well as follow a few of these tips.

1.  When caretaking for a Parkinson's disease patient, always be sure to plan a set amount of time for you. Even if you do not have plans, take the time to read, take a nice walk, or even take a hot, relaxing bath.

2.  If you are caring for a loved one with the disease, you may find a Parkinson disease support group very beneficial. People there are going through many of the same things you are, and can provide great insight, as well as emotional support.

3.  When you are the primary caretaker for a loved one with Parkinson's disease, it may become necessary to rearrange your home to better accommodate your loved one. With Parkinson's disease, mobility decreases steadily. You may need to move things around to provide more space for your loved one with Parkinson's disease, to give them more room to move around.

4.  One of the common symptoms of Parkinson's disease is memory loss. Because of this, you should never move familiar items around (except for the case of item 3 above). Doing so can make the confusion worse.

Parkinson's disease affects more than just the patient, but loved ones, and caretakers, as well. Following the above tips, and educating yourself on what to expect can ease emotional and physical strain caused by parkinson disease.