Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder with no known cure. Symptoms may include tremors, change in the pace of movement, stiffness, and loss of balance. Medical science has come up with treatments that may control symptoms, but the patient you’re caring for may need your help keeping up with them.
The Parkinson’s disease process presents a set of problems unto itself. At Serving Hands Senior Care, we are proactive with educating our staff to monitor for potential issues involving this disease process.
Alterations in gait can present many fall hazards. Our staff is trained to recognise potential risks and take preventive measures like having your loved one wear non-skid footwear and well-fitting clothing. They will also point out the need for adaptive equipment to aid in promoting independence with feeding and providing close monitoring for swallowing issues.
Becoming a caregiver to someone with Parkinson’s typically means attending doctor appointments and therapy sessions, administering medication, and performing household duties or any activity that’s more difficult to perform because of the disease.
Being a caregiver can be a complicated and physically and emotionally draining experience. Providing Parkinson’s care for an ageing loved one with safety and quality of life in mind presents challenges as the disease progresses and has an impact on your loved one’s physical, emotional, and cognitive health.
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People with Parkinson’s disease rely on caregivers for a wide range of support. As the disease progresses, dependence on a caregiver increases substantially.
Caregivers can help people with Parkinson’s adjust to the disease’s effects on the body, and knowing that a loved one is cared for can help the entire family adjust to the diagnosis.
For this reason, hiring a professional caregiver is the right solution for many families, but most importantly, entrusting the care of your loved one to someone else is not always an easy task. That’s where we at Serving Hands Senior Care come in. Our highly qualified and compassionate caregivers meet the needs of seniors with Parkinson’s by restoring and maintaining comfort, health, and freedom through our comprehensive care services.
At Serving Hands Senior Care, we know how difficult a challenge it is to care for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease. Our job is to help take the burden off you, as our highly specialised team of caregivers and nurses are here to help. We become an integral part of your loved one’s experience by offering to help share the responsibilities associated with the disease, including doctor appointments, therapy sessions, medication administration, and household duties.
This is care that primarily focuses on helping our seniors to stay in their homes, with their routines but with pockets of extra help. In home care provides practical support with a personal touch. Our compassionate caregivers will assist elderly clients with common activities of daily living like cooking together, light housekeeping, errands and transportation.
We have specific guidelines that we must follow as a non-medical service provider. Our clients must be fairly mobile, as we can only provide limited help with stabilization and transferring. We also cannot administer medications, but only provide reminders to our clients unless medications are in a blister pack.
Most often, the responsibility of care falls upon loved ones suddenly, and the responsibility can be very challenging and strenuous, and overwhelming on the caregiver. Using the services of Serving Hands allows seniors to get the support and care they need and relieves loved ones of the stress or guilt. Our compassionate caregivers allow families to be able to enjoy wives being wives, or children being children and not have to carry the care burden alone. However, you know your family best and we want to work together with you towards providing the best assistance your loved one needs and desires, so that our clients are comfortable with our role as their caregiver, giving families peace of mind.
Getting started with Serving Hands Senior Care is easy. Finding home care for yourself or a loved one often begins with one simple question – “Where do I begin?” By answering a few questions about who needs care and their current situation, our online “Get Started” form will help our staff get connected with your family to discuss your needs. OR call our office @780-963-1516
Whether home care is required immediately, or you’re simply researching options, Serving Hands Senior Care is a great place to start. Talk to our caring staff today for a FREE care consultation.
A Care Coordinator will then create custom care plan. This care plan will be personalized according to your loved one’s unique care needs and preferences. Once the consultation and care plan are complete, Serving Hands Senior Care will then match you with a caregiver.
Bathing and Grooming
At Serving Hands Senior Care, our Parkinson’s home care workers help you look and feel your best. They make bath time, grooming and personal care services just right for enhancing mental as well physical wellbeing. Feeling clean and fresh not only cleanses the skin but also provides relaxation and stimulates circulation, as well as enhancing self-esteem.
Repositioning and Transferring
Our caregivers are trained to move and place clients in correct posture / position so they can promote better health. This reduces the risk of skin damage, encourages proper breathing patterns, takes stress off pressure points, and helps with digestion.
Toileting and Incontinence Assistance
At Serving Hands Senior Care, our caregivers respectfully, and gently care for seniors, helping them maintain dignity while they get help with toileting and incontinence issues. Because we use a dignified approach and a caring attitude- our caregivers help to decrease embarrassment surrounding the need for assistance related to incontinence and toileting.
Feeding and Nutrition
Seniors may need help feeding themselves or even being prompted to eat. This loss of natural hunger urges or of functional ability can be physically and mentally challenging to accept. We understand this and take the time to turn mealtime into an enjoyable experience.
Serving Hands caregivers help seniors stay on specific diets to assist with a wide variety of medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Our caregivers enable clients to have a well-balanced meal that provides the nutrition needed for staying active and preventing further disease issues.
Yes, we do try to keep the same caregiver visiting our clients each time. It allows them to build a relationship of trust with their clients. However, if a client requires more than 6hrs/week of care we will then generally assign 2-4 caregivers.
During a selection process we conduct a telephone interview, followed by an interview in person. All candidates must also have an in-depth criminal record check, including the vulnerable sector search, and have a minimum of 2 professional business references and be bondable. Our caregivers are all insured and are covered by WCB.
It is possible, as there are different insurance plans that cover our services. Always verify with your own insurance company what coverage is available to you before using any health services. Clients are responsible for reimbursement from their insurance company as Serving Hands is not able to work directly with insurance companies at this time.
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Find out which benefits you qualify for @ www.canadabenefits.gc.ca
Alberta Seniors Benefit Program (Special Needs Assistance for Seniors – SNA)
The Office of Alberta Health Advocate:
Compassionate Care Benefits 1-800-206-7218
You may receive benefits if you have to be absent from work to provide care to a gravely ill family member at risk of dying.
Alzheimer Society of Canada (Dementia)
The Arthritis Society
Canadian Diabetes Association 1-800-226-8464
Canadian Cancer Society Helpline
Find a Physician
Parkinson Society of Canada
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Veteran Affairs Canada 1-866-522-2122
Veterans Review and Appeal Board 1-800-450-8006
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