Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/managing-parkinsons-disease/
Parkinson’s disease impacts people in many different ways. Not everyone will experience all of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and if they do, they won’t necessarily experience them in the same order or with the same level of severity. However, a person diagnosed with this disease who is in the end stages (stages 4-5) can qualify for hospice services. Currently there is no cure for Parkinson’s, but with the support of hospice a person can still live well.
At stage 3 of Parkinson’s, which is considered mid-way in the progression of the disease process, loss of balance, falls, and the slowing of movements are all key factors. Activities of daily living become more difficult as well-bathing, dressing, toileting, etc. When symptoms expand beyond and become sever and limiting (becoming wheelchair or bedbound, requiring 24 hour supervision, or even experiencing hal