Caring for someone with advanced Parkinson's
As someone's Parkinson's progresses, they may rely on you or others for more support.
It's important to know what support is available for you if you're caring for someone with advanced Parkinson's.
What is advanced Parkinson's?
The term 'advanced Parkinson's' refers to a time when a person's symptoms are more complex and have more of an effect on their day-to-day life.
Support for carers
It is not uncommon for carers of people with any long-term condition to feel isolated or frustrated about their situation. Knowing where you can get support or extra help from is important.
This could be from:
- the healthcare professionals caring for the person with advanced Parkinson's
- your local social services or social work department
- NHS Continuing Healthcare, if you are eligible
- our support services, including our confidential helpline 0808 800 0303
People with Parkinson's who are also carers
If you have Parkinson's and you're also a carer, it may be difficult to look after your own health needs when you feel that those of the person you care for are greater than your own.
But it's important that you take time to learn more about your own condition and, like any carer, take time out for yourself when you can.
Make sure that you attend your Parkinson's appointments and do whatever you need to help manage your own condition in the best way possible.
As someone's Parkinson's progresses, you and the person you care for may start thinking about different housing options, including home care and care homes.