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We are fortunate enough to care for many wonderful families and individuals across the Berkshire and Oxfordshire area and their needs are all unique.

We are experienced in caring for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and have worked with clients at various stages of this progressive condition.

Some require initial support in dressing and readying themselves for the day ahead whilst others are at a stage where live in care is required and we support the family members with respite care also.

As with all conditions, we encourage people not to see a diagnosis of Parkinson’s as an ending, but a new beginning. Of course there will be challenges along the way and a ‘new normal’ to get used to but with the support of family, friends, local GPs and our caring team life can still be very much enjoyable.

Here is some general information about Parkinson’s Disease, which we hope is useful.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease is a condition that affects parts of the brain – the condition is progressive and symptoms can include involuntary shaking of specific parts of the body, slow movements and stiff/inflexible muscles.

Other physical and psychological symptoms may also present, including depression, anxiety, balance and sleep issues and memory loss.

As with all conditions, if you are concerned about your loved one, we recommend you seek the advice of your GP.

What causes Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra. This loss leads to a reduction in dopamine in the brain which in turn affects movement.

The cause of the loss of nerve cells is unclear – you can read more about the causes of Parkinson’s Disease here http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Parkinsons-disease/Pages/Causes.aspx

How common is Parkinson’s Disease?

  • 1 in 500 people are affective by Parkinson’s Disease in the UK.
  • It is more common for people to develop symptoms over the age of 50 but 1 in 20 with the condition first experienced symptoms when they were under 40.
  •  Parkinson’s Disease is slightly more common in men than women.

What is the treatment for Parkinson’s Disease?

Treatments are available to reduce the main symptoms and Parkinson’s Disease, with the main aim being maintaining quality of life for as long as possible. Many people in the early stages of the condition do not require treatment but medication, supportive treatments such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy and surgery might be offered.

Read more about treatments available here

Parkinson’s Disease affects everyone differently – some find symptoms are minor and lack of mobility is negligible whereas others will find it difficult to carry out everyday tasks.

Seeking help to ensure you or your loved one are able to cope with the day-to-day challenges is essential – whether on a physical or emotional level, care and having someone to talk to is so important.

To find out more about how Q1Care might be able to support you please get in touch