There are many health conditions that demand assisted living, resident care including the assistance of nursing staff, planned social and other interactive engagements as well as spiritual support. All medical conditions that cause some kind of impairment have to be understood astutely to determine the true nature of the care required by the patent. This is true in case of Parkinson’s home care as well. However, there is one difference. Parkinson’s home care cannot be a routine. Many medical conditions warrant a certain routine which is reviewed from time to time. If a chronic condition worsens, then the routine is reviewed accordingly. End of life care or hospice care is also reviewed and revised from time to time, either owing to the symptoms or the needs and wishes expressed by the person or their family. Parkinson’s home care is not confined to such expected changes. There has to be some level of agility in the approach to care for a person with Parkinson’s.
There are too many variables that must be taken into account while planning Parkinson’s home care. Round the clock care, proactive involvement and promptly responsive intervention when there are some serious events are a basic requirement. The same routine must also account for the highly specific and at times distinct symptoms of Parkinson’s for a person. Two people may have the same severity of the condition but their symptoms may be considerably different. People respond differently to the same situations. There can be some episodes that have no precedent. The caregiver and the nursing staff cannot be unprepared for such unexpected developments. There may or may not be any warning or precursor to a particular episode. A person may respond to something in a particular way one day and then have a completely different response to the same stimulus the next day. Such changes are also common in a span of a few minutes or hours.
Only an agile Parkinson’s home care plan would be able to truly attend to the changing needs of a person. The family too should be willing to be flexible enough so they can understand the changing needs of their loved one. Agility also warrants prompt responses as acknowledging the needs would be futile if there is no properly altered plan of action. The agility and prompt responsiveness are not confined to the medical aspects of the condition but everything else that matters and is covered in Parkinson’s home care.