As Parkinson’s progresses and symptoms no longer respond well to treatment, daily living and quality of life become more complex. You and your caregiver may require additional assistance to manage your symptoms, physical needs, and psychological and emotional needs.
Understanding Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is one of the most prevalent nervous system disorders. It is a progressive central nervous system disorder that affects movement and muscle function. It often begins with a barely perceptible tremor in one hand and develops gradually. Although hand tremors are the most recognizable symptom of Parkinson’s disease, the disorder also causes rigidity, slowing, and jerking of the muscles.
The disease damages the nervous system that the brain employs to command the body’s muscles. The loss of dopamine, an essential chemical mediator that helps the neurons in the brain perform their tasks, also affects brain activity. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease worsen as the disease progresses over time. Although the disease is incurable, medications can alleviate its symptoms. Likewise, so can palliative care.
Understanding Palliative Care
Palliative care is specialized medical care for patients with life-threatening conditions. It concentrates on relieving the symptoms, pain, and stress associated with a serious illness such as Parkinson’s disease. The objective is to enhance the quality of life for you and your family. Palliative care is administered by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and other specialists who collaborate with your other physicians to provide additional support. It is appropriate regardless of age or illness stage.
Palliative care can be combined with curative treatment. Your palliative care team will assist you in tailoring your treatment options to your requirements and objectives. This will enable you to have more control over your life. In every way, the palliative care team assists you in coping with the difficulties of Parkinson’s disease.
How palliative care can assist in treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but an increasing number of treatments can provide symptom relief. People with Parkinson’s disease are frequently prescribed levodopa and carbidopa, which replenish the brain’s dwindling dopamine supply. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) uses electrodes surgically implanted within the brain and a small electrical device called a pulse generator. Patients with Parkinson’s disease also benefit from the assistance of physical, occupational, and speech therapists in managing daily tasks.
Other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include motion-related issues, sleep disturbances, fatigue, constipation and other gastrointestinal issues, and low blood pressure. Eventually, decisions regarding nutrition and feeding devices may become an issue, but the palliative care team can offer guidance on this challenging topic. The social worker on your palliative care team can work closely with you to help you manage the changes in your health. Sometimes, discussing the situation with an expert can be a tremendous relief.
Cognitive decline is a subset of Parkinson’s symptoms in which the disease’s ravages impact thinking and other brain functions. These include debilitating mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, fuzzy thinking, difficulty focusing on a task, and the potential emergence of dementia. Despite the most effective remedies, the disabilities and dependence of some individuals worsen over time. They may become so dependent on assistance with daily activities that they require 24-hour care. This care may be administered at home or in an assisted living facility, where residents receive the necessary personal care.
Your palliative care team will discuss your aspirations and preferences and what may be possible to provide you with the necessary assistance to continue living life to the fullest. Because of the long course of Parkinson’s disease, the palliative care team can help you clarify your objectives and set up treatment plans far in advance. There are personal decisions that can be made regarding how to live the remaining years of life, regardless of the progression of the disease.
How to Get Palliative Care
If you or a loved one are diagnosed with Parkinson’s, ask your physician for a referral to palliative care as soon as possible. Although living with Parkinson’s disease is challenging, palliative care may alleviate some of the burden. You can receive palliative care in a hospital, an outpatient clinic, and sometimes in the comfort of your own home. Inform yourself of your condition, its treatment, and what to expect. If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or your medical burden is increasing, do not hesitate to request a palliative care referral to help you understand the situation. With the assistance of palliative care, you can achieve and maintain the utmost possible quality of life.
At Melodia Hospice Care, we understand the unique challenges faced by Parkinson’s disease patients and their families. Our devoted team of professionals is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive palliative care services that are specifically tailored to the requirements of Parkinson’s disease patients. If you or a loved one seek specialized palliative care for Parkinson’s disease, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1- 888 635-634. We are here to provide support, comfort, and guidance throughout the journey, focusing on enhancing the quality of life and alleviating the symptoms and emotional burdens associated with this condition.