As a family caregiver, you never want to think about your aging parents experiencing pain or any type of suffering.
Unfortunately, if they are one of the more than one million people throughout the United States who is currently living with Parkinson’s disease, pain may become a part of their regular, if not daily, existence. Skeletal changes and other issues can lead to chronic pain, which can put your parent at greater risk of falls and other injuries, as well as compromising their quality of life. You can make a tremendous difference in your senior’s health, well-being, and the quality of their daily living by helping them to manage and cope with pain throughout the progression of their disease.
Use these tips to help a senior with Parkinson’s disease manage and cope with pain throughout the progression of their Parkinson’s:
Acknowledge what they are going through. Many people worry that they are being dramatic or over-exaggerating pain, especially when it is not related to something easy to see, such as an injury. This can cause them to not talk about what they are going through, or to not seek out management for it. Acknowledge that your parent is feeling pain and that it is difficult for them. This can put them at ease, and encourage them to seek out management.
Encourage them to talk to their doctor. Being honest with your senior’s doctor about the pain they are dealing with is an important part of ensuring they get the medication and other care they need. The doctor can help your parent to not only understand why they are experiencing this pain but also what they can do to reduce it.
Help them find ways to ease it.
Your parent might experience pain that is not managed by medication or other methods. Help them to find techniques that provide them the comforts, such as warm baths, cold compresses, and relaxation exercises.
As a family caregiver for an aging adult, it is important to understand that your aging parent is an individual, and their care should be designed specifically for them.
Introducing elderly care into your care approach for your senior is a fantastic way to ensure they will get the care and support they need at all times. The fully customized services of an elderly home care services provider are specifically tailored to your parent as an individual. This means they are able to manage the physical health challenges and symptoms they are facing, as well as maintaining better mental and emotional well-being, as they age in place. For those facing a progressive condition, such as Parkinson’s disease, the flexibility offered by a care provider means they can not only handle what they are dealing with now but also feel more confident they will be ready to handle what is to come as well.