How Therapy Benefits Seniors Living with Parkinson's

The Benefits of Therapy for Senior’s with Parkinson’s

By Will Reid, 7:17 pm on

At Home Care Assistance of Cincinnati, OH, we know that a Parkinson’s diagnosis often leaves families confused and unsure of how to move forward with their senior loved one’s care. While planning for long-term care and outside assistance will be necessary, families should also look into therapy programs. There are many therapy programs available, specifically designed to help seniors with Parkinson’s maintain and improve their motor skills, physical and cognitive abilities.

Occupational Therapy

Patients with Parkinson’s may find it difficult to execute simple daily tasks such as cooking, laundry or getting in and out of the shower safely. An occupational therapist can help by suggesting easier ways to complete the task, suggest changes that could be made to make the home more accessible and recommend equipment or aids that would be helpful to the patient. Seeing an occupational therapist regularly can also help the senior cope with changes as the disease progresses.

Speech Therapy

Patients with Parkinson’s often find that it is difficult for them to speak clearly, which can be frustrating both for the patient and their family caregivers. A speech therapist can work with the person to improve slurred and unsteady speech by suggesting speech exercises, helping with facial control and suggesting various communication aids. Speech therapy can also help strengthen the vocal cords and muscles in the neck and throat, helping to minimize problems with swallowing and eating.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists help people with Parkinson’s to continue to exercise and stay active. Contrary to popular belief, exercise can actually help seniors maintain their physical abilities. They can suggest exercises and stretches that help to accomplish specific goals, promote balance and minimize pain. When a senior performs recommended exercises on a regular basis, they’ll be able to enjoy their independence as long as possible.

It’s important for you to explore as many options as you can to help your loved one cope with their Parkinson’s diagnosis. If you feel you need help with a loved one’s care, learn more about the quality Parkinson’s home care Cincinnati families trust, provided by Home Care Assistance. Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of senior home care, offering flexible hourly and live-in schedules and caregivers who are specifically trained in how to care for seniors with Parkinson’s disease. To request more information, contact a Care Manager today at 513-891-2273.