Parkinson’s disease (PD)
People with Parkinson’s disease (also known as PD or shortened to Parkinson’s) don’t have enough of the chemical dopamine because some of the nerve cells that make it have died. We don’t yet know exactly why people get Parkinson’s, but researchers think it’s a combination of genetic and environmental factors that cause the dopamine-producing nerve cells to die.
The 3 main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor, stiffness and slowness of movement, but people can also experience other symptoms including problems with sleep and memory and mental health issues. This can be very frightening for the person effected and give significant concern regarding the progression of the condition. There are lots of ways to manage the ongoing issues and challenges of life with Parkinson’s.
At Eximius, our companions are trained to monitor both motor-symptoms and non-motor symptoms. Working with family and health professionals we develop a personalised care plan, tailoring the care to the specific needs of the individual. We adapt this as the condition changes and to fully support our clients.
We also focus on the emotional and social concerns. We encourage activities, keeping up with family and friends, eating well and making the most every day.
For other useful information visit https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/ and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/parkinsons-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx.