Parkinson’s disease is a serious, progressive neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to move, balance, write, think, sleep and speak. During its progression, life threatening crisis situations can arise. Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s, it can be managed with medication, lifestyle changes and help from loved ones and medical professionals.
When a person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, they usually have several questions. Will my family be able take care of me without help from someone else? Will I be able to participate in activities I enjoy? Will I be able to stay in my home? When should I seek outside help?
Although care management services can be introduced at any time, involving a care manager early on helps clients achieve peace of mind and address important issues as soon as possible.
As explained by Barb Davis, RN care manager, “The progression of the disease is difficult to manage. Focusing on what clients are able to do now helps maintain their ability to function over time.” Care managers can help coordinate care, manage complex medication regimens, introduce community support resources, address crisis situations, and facilitate relocation if necessary.
They can also supervise caregiving services which address clients’ personal and household needs. This often allows clients to remain in their home when a higher level of care is required.
Stowell Associates has been providing personalized care management and caregiving services to clients over 30 years. For more information, contact our Care Coordinator, Jennifer Paddock, at (414) 963-2600.