San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 04, 2012
According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Parkinson’s disease affects nearly 1 million people in the United States alone, making it an important issue for not only those directly affected by the disease, but also loved ones and caregivers. “April is Parkinson’s awareness month and the perfect time to ramp up education, research and outreach efforts in hopes of improving the lives of those currently suffering with the disease,” said Linnea Goodrich, president of Firstat Nursing Services in San Diego, CA.
“Understanding Parkinson’s is a first step in improving the lives of those who suffer from its debilitating effects,” continued Goodrich. “And while there is still much to learn, with proper treatment and assistance, Parkinson’s sufferers can lead full and meaningful lives. Here are a few things people should consider when it comes to homecare.”
Providing Basic Care - While Parkinson’s disease may not be debilitating in the beginning, it is a degenerative disease and will often worsen with time. As tremors increase, activities of daily living become more difficult and skilled home nursing can help. Basic activities like eating, dressing, even bathing can become difficult is not impossible. From lending a supporting hand to helping prepare meals or administer medication, a qualified nurse makes difficult transitions easier, less stressful and safer. With the expertise of a skilled nurse, gradual modifications can be made which make coping with changing physical limitations less uncomfortable.
Assisting with Exercise and Physical Therapy - It’s often difficult to know what someone with Parkinson’s disease can or cannot do physically. However, studies confirm regular exercise and physical therapy significantly improve symptoms. Consistent movement and exercise slows the degenerative progression of the disease. For patients who are unable to safely move and exercise on their own, home nursing care provides the opportunity to participate in regular physical activity. A trained professional can coordinate a daily routine of moderate exercise that’s safe, effective and motivating.
Emotional Support - Parkinson’s disease is a challenging, unnerving condition that often leaves patients feeling depressed, alone and incapable. While family and friends try to provide unwavering love and compassion, sometimes there is no substitute for the skilled, experienced bedside manner of highly trained home nurse.
Intimately familiar with the physical limitations and generalized symptoms of the disease, a home nurse is capable of providing unique emotional support. As symptoms worsen and patients feel disconnected, an experienced nurse knows how to provide just the right amount of assistance, while allowing patients to remain independent.
As a family member or friend of someone suffering from Parkinson’s disease, it’s often difficult to know how to help or what to do to make things easier. Home nursing care can be a good solution for providing both assistance and support in a safe and experienced manner. Home nursing care provides peace of mind that our loved one is getting the attention they need and the care we are often unable to provide ourselves.
About Firstat Nursing Services
Linnea Goodrich is the owner of Firstat Nursing Services, which is the only Home care Agency in San Diego that is both State licensed and certified by the Alzheimer's Association. Firstat Nursing Services has been providing a higher standard of home nursing, home health and home care services for elderly, disabled and injured people in the greater San Diego area since 1997. To pick up a copy of her free report "Critical Questions You Must Ask Before You Hire a Home Care Provider," Visit, http://FirstatOfSanDiego.com