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Caregivers

Hospital challenges

Contributed by William Hicks Many hospitals are not prepared for the unique and regimented care require by the PD sufferer so the caregiver must be a forceful advocate to ensure the appropriate treatment for the patient. The following areas require particular planning and vigilance: Medications: Most PD sufferers take many medications on a rigid schedule. […]

Living arrangements

Contributed by William Hicks Each caregiver must determine if the current living space is and will remain satisfactory as PD progresses. Resolve whether it is better to make accessibility modifications to the existing home or whether it is more prudent to move to a more accommodating home. Ultimately you will need to decide whether it […]

Legal considerations for caregivers

Contributed by William Hicks Most relationships between a PD caregiver and care receiver include shared legal responsibilities. These include Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directives (living wills), wills, property titles, and car titles. The caregiver must recognize when the care receiver is not competent to carry out the responsibilities of these […]

Financial considerations for caregivers

Contributed by William Hicks Ensure that you, as caregiver, have individual or joint signature authority over all bank and financial accounts. It is a tragic situation when the PD sufferer is the only one who can sign the check and for irrational reasons, will not sign it. Many situations can quickly deteriorate when expenditures are […]

Being a Caregiver for a Partner with Parkinson’s (part 4)

Contributed by William Hicks The following discussion may help to ease some of the challenges of PD care-giving: Monitor care receiver tasks. Be cognizant of those duties the care receiver performs and watch for signs of inadequacy. Do not let bills go unpaid for months before stepping in. Collect and safeguard all tax documents. Understand […]

Being a Caregiver for a Partner with Parkinson’s (part 3)

  Contributed by William Hicks The following discussion may help to ease some of the challenges of PD care-giving: Work to understand your care receiver. Determine what motivates him or her. Determine your actions that are most likely to obtain the desired response or outcome from your care receiver. Learn the words or inferences that […]

Being a Caregiver for a Partner with Parkinson’s (part 2)

Contributed by William Hicks The first and arguably the most important skill for success as a caregiver is to understand how to motivate and facilitate the care receiver and to understand your own reactions to care-giving. Just as the caregiver role expands, the role of the care receiver shrinks. Due to cognitive issues, they may […]