Hospice for Parkinson’s Patients
In April, the RoseRock Healthcare hospice team joins the nation in celebrating Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic disorder with progressive symptoms that may include tremors, slow cumbersome movements, stiffness and impaired balance. Nearly one million people in the United States live with Parkinson’s disease and over 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
The cause of Parkinson’s Disease is unknown and there presently is no cure. The Center for Disease Control calls complications from Parkinson’s Disease the 14th leading cause of death in the United States.
RoseRock Hospice Can Help
As Parkinson’s Disease progresses into advanced stages, its symptoms become increasingly difficult to manage. The daily needs of a person with advanced Parkinson’s can overwhelm even the most involved and committed family members. As the disease becomes more demanding, hospice can be such a blessing. While hospice’s overall goal is a peaceful death in a familiar location, RoseRock offers a variety of services including assistance with bathing and dressing, nursing care to keep symptoms under control and stave off the wounds that bedbound patients may otherwise suffer, and assistance in defining the preferences of the patient with regard to his or her future care. For tired caregivers, RoseRock offers extra hands-on care for the patient, emotional support, and a broad shoulder to lean on. Bereavement services continue for family members long after the patient has passed on.
If you know someone with Parkinson’s Disease and wonder whether or not hospice can help now, call or email RoseRock. Our confidential professionals can assist you.
Information about Parkinson’s is also available from the following organizations:
The Parkinson’s Foundation of Oklahoma offers exercise groups for patients and support groups for patients and their caregivers.