Parkinson’s is a progressive and life changing disease. At Intrust Care, we can help you manage your symptoms and maintain your independence- all in the comfort of your own home.
What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s disease affects a specific area of the brain called the Substantia Nigra. Due to nerve cell loss in this part of the brain, there is a reduction in a neurotransmitter (chemical) called Dopamine, which affects the body’s movements and causes Parkinson’s symptoms.
Symptoms often include:
- Tremors (shaking)
- Stiff muscles
- Difficulty with balance and posture
- Slowed movements
- Problems with speech
- Memory problems
Your Parkinson’s diagnosis
We recognise that receiving a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be confusing and upsetting. If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you may feel that your only option is to go into a care home as the disease progresses. This is not the case.
Parkinson’s typically progresses in stages and at Intrust Care we can help support you to stay in the comfort of your own home, whether you are in the beginning stages of the disease, or in the more palliative stage- requiring end of life care, or care for Parkinson’s dementia.
Our approach to Parkinson’s care
Due to your Parkinson’s symptoms, we understand that you may need some help carrying out your daily activities and routines. Before undertaking care for you or your loved one, we will carry out a thorough assessment of your needs, working with you and your family to create your personalised at home care plan.
Our fully trained carers will be able to assist you with elements of personal care, such as washing and dressing- as well as household tasks that may have become a little more challenging since your diagnosis. If you need help preparing meals or doing laundry, this is also an element of care that we can provide.
Some of the clients that we already provide Parkinson’s care for in Milton Keynes use our companionship services. One of our experienced carers can take you out for a short walk, or a trip to the shops (if your condition allows it), which helps to keep you active. Keeping active and exercising has been shown to reduce the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms, and can help with sleep, mood and mental health too.
If you have any further questions about our Parkinson’s care services, call us on
01908 380 600.
As a quality care provider, we encourage and highly recommend that everyone has an Advance Care Plan in place.
An Advance Care Plan allows you to record your wishes and decisions in advance. This will be in relation to your care, types of medical treatment that you would wish or not wish to receive and anything else that is important to you as an individual. If you are ever in a situation where you are unable to make decisions for yourself, having an advance care plan in place will give both you and your loved ones peace of mind that your wishes will be respected, wherever possible.
To find out more about what an Advance care plan is and how to make one, please visit our understanding advance care planning & power of attorney page.