Parkinson’s Disease affects nearly 5% of seniors who are older than 80. The symptoms of Parkinson’s can make it difficult for seniors to walk or even stand up for periods of time. Typically Parkinson’s causes problems with balance, tremors, and muscle stiffness and inability to move limbs which can lead to serious falls. That makes it very difficult for seniors who have Parkinson’s to get to medical appointments.
Bending and moving limbs to get into a vehicle, then repeated the process to get out, and having to walk sometimes long distances to a doctor’s office can mean that medical appointments cause a lot of stress and pain for a senior with Parkinson’s. Seeing physicians at home would reduce the stress on a senior loved one and give them the opportunity to get the care they need in the comfort of their own home. Having visits with physicians at home was not a viable option for most seniors in the past but now doctor visits at home are available for seniors. Medical care at home helps seniors with Parkinson’s by:
Eliminating The Stress Of Going To A Medical Office
Seniors who see physicians at home don’t have to go out in bad weather, risk falling in a parking lot, or endure any of the other considerable stresses that going to a medical office can have for someone that has Parkinson’s. When they can get medical care at home more seniors are likely to be willing to get routine medical care that can help them stay healthy and prevent more serious health problems.
Giving More Accurate Results
Doctors who see patients are home usually get more accurate results for things like blood pressure tests, heart rate monitoring, and oxygen levels because the senior patient isn’t stressed out and exhausted right before the tests and measurements are taken. That will give the doctor valuable insight into what is going on with that senior’s health. Having a skewed set of measurements that are inflated by stress and physical exertion make it difficult for doctors to create an effective care plan for that senior.
Allowing Doctors To See The Whole Picture
Part of developing a comprehensive plan is taking into account that senior’s particular situation. Seeing a senior patient with Parkinson’s at home allows a doctor to see what that senior’s environment is like and how it impacts their ability to get around or manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s. The doctor will be able to create a care plan that has exercises and other helpful tools that incorporate that senior’s unique situation at home.
Lowering The Risks Of Getting Sick
Covid-19 is still around, and there are still risks to seniors from illnesses like the flu. Seniors who go to a medical office for an appointment are raising their risk of contracting a potentially serious illness. Whenever possible it’s best for seniors to get medical care at home to keep them safe from catching illnesses out in public and at medical offices.
Primary Care @ Home treats patients between ages 18-100+ years of age. We specialize in Primary & Preventive Care, Chronic Conditions, Homebound Patients, Geriatrics and Intellectually Disabled patients all in the comfort of our patient’s own homes. If you or an aging loved one in Avon, IN could benefit from our services please contact us today! (317) 471-0774
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