Finding a suitable care home for your loved one is never an easy task. When there are so many to choose from, how do you know that you’re finding a suitable home to fit all your needs and requirements? It is especially important in instances where your loved one requires extra care, for example if they live with signs of dementia, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease.
In this article, we highlight the effects that Parkinson’s disease can have on your loved one, as well as reasons why Country Lodge could be the care home in West Sussex that you’re looking for.
What is Parkinson’s disease?
In case you weren’t aware, Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that specifically targets movement. Although Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured, medications and excellent elderly nursing care can help to significantly improve the symptoms and quality of life.
Signs and symptoms to look out for include;
- Tremors – Small tremors or shaking usually starts in the hands or fingers when resting. This is a common symptom to look out for in the early stages of Parkinson’s.
- Speech changes – You may notice your loved one speaking particularly quickly, slowly or slurring/hesitating before talking. Speech may also become more monotone.
- Reduced balance – Posture may become stooped, or you may notice balancing problems, especially when standing up.
- Rigid muscles – Stiff muscles may occur in any part of the body which limits motion and movement.
- Slowed movement – Over time, Parkinson’s disease may slow movement, making simple tasks difficult and time-consuming.
How can we help?
At Country Lodge Care Home near Worthing, West Sussex, we offer elderly care to a range of patients, including for those living with Parkinson’s. Our team of fully qualified nurses are well equipped to help your loved one live well in a friendly, and supportive environment.
Activities that we can help with include:
- Help with eating – It is often the case that the elderly struggle to feed themselves when they’re tremors are particularly bad. Our nurses will ensure that your loved one receives support with feeding themselves, as well as making sure that they are eating healthy, homemade and balanced meals that are easy to digest.
- Regular exercise – Research has shown that fitness improves strength, balance and memory in people living with Parkinson’s disease. At our care home in West Sussex, we encourage all our residents to take a walk around our beautiful garden as often as possible (weather permitting!). This not only helps them stay active but allows them to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and our beautiful views across the South Downs.
- Engaging activities – Doing interesting activities including getting out of the care home can do wonders for a resident’s self-esteem as well as keeping them occupied. At our nursing home in Worthing, we have a full menu of activities on offer. We often take our residents on day trips to local towns and attractions too. For updates on what we get up to, see our news blog or follow us on Facebook.
- 24-hour care – Our team of fully qualified nurses will be on hand 24/7 for your loved one. This means we can keep tabs on any progress of deterioration, or if your loved one needs additional care or medication.
- Physiotherapy sessions – To help loosen your loved one’s muscles, we have a physiotherapist visit regularly which can help our residents retain as much mobility and strength as a they can.
Arrange a showround at Country Lodge Care Home
If you’re looking for a care home in West Sussex, why don’t you contact Country Lodge? We know that we have the expertise and standards to help your loved one if they’re living with Parkinson’s disease.
Did you know we also specialise in care for the following patients:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- People who have had strokes
- Motor Neuron disease
- People suffering with early stage Alzheimers or Dementia
The best way to get a feel for our ethos and home is by coming for a visit. We can introduce you to some of our staff, as well as show you our facilities and rooms. Phone us on 01903 830600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.