"Ask a Nurse" - Parkinson's Disease
Question: My husband is 82 and has had Parkinson's disease for over 10 years,
however his care needs are increasing and I am finding that the strain
on me as the primary caregiver is interfering with my being able to get
a good night's rest and to tend to caring for my own healthcare and
personal needs. People have begun to suggest that my husband go into a
long term care facility, however we a very accessible condo and ideally
would like for us to remain here together. Am I being unrealistic in thinking
that we can remain in this home together? Can you provide me with ideas
on how we can accomplish this?
Answer: Dear Margaret, No you are not being unrealistic in your thinking. Yes you
can remain together and remain in your home. Qualicare will be able to
assess your needs after meeting with you and your spouse and provide you
with options. Some of those options are: 1. Considering a live in/live
out care providers who will be able to provide care and to attend to your
medical needs, and also assist with cooking and the care and cleaning
of your home on a daily basis. 2. Daily caregivers who can come to your
home as well and work day/night and weekend shifts to provide care to
your spouse and you. It is always a minimum of 4 hours up to 12 hours
per shift. 3. We also suggest one of our service plans, which gives you
access to 24/7 telephone consultations and support by an assigned RN.
Creation and maintenance of a Healthcare Profile including tests, attending
physician appointments, programs and institutions involved in your care.
Please feel free to visit our website and call us to discuss the above
options or any questions or concerns that you may have.
-Lucy RN and the Qualicare Nursing Staff
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