Being a caregiver for a loved one who has Parkinson’s disease can be very stressful. It’s difficult to watch someone close to you suffer and you want to be able to do your best for them, but it’s important to remember that you also have to take care of yourself as well. We’ve compiled a list of practical tips for caregivers of patients with Parkinson’s disease to hopefully make their lives easier and to help ease the stress. We’ve based our advice on information from the Michael J Fox Foundation and Partners in Parkinson’s.
Keep all of your loved one’s medical notes, insurance, records, appointments, telephone numbers of clinics and doctors, and medication details in a folder that can be easily accessed at any time. Take this folder with you to all appointments so you always have everything on hand.