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How Can Home Physiotherapy Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms?

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that profoundly affects individuals’ daily lives. It not only hinders their ability to move and function but also reduces their independence. But what if the care needed could be brought right to their living room?

Keep reading to understand why home physiotherapy care is a great choice for people with Parkinson’s in London.

Understanding Parkinson’s Symptoms

The common motor symptoms of Parkinson’s are fatigue, tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia (Slowness of Movement), postural instability, gait changes, and freezing. 

However, non-motor symptoms are equally as important and these include issues such as sleep disturbances, mood disorders and cognitive challenges. You may be surprised to learn that physiotherapy helps with these non-motor issues as well and can improve your overall quality of life.

The Role of Home Physiotherapy in Parkinson’s Care

1.   Tailored Physiotherapy Plans at Home

Every individual’s experience with Parkinson’s is unique. Our home physiotherapists focus on creating personalised treatment plans that consider your specific symptoms and disease stage. We can tailor exercises that are effective, safe and relevant to your daily activities after assessing your home environment.

For example, imagine a Parkinson’s who lives in a two-story house and enjoys working on carpentry projects but has been struggling with mobility. Before designing their treatment plan, we would do a thorough assessment of their home environment and understand this daily routine.

Then, suppose we notice that our patient has difficulty navigating the stairs, particularly when carrying items, and has trouble keeping balance while bending and stooping in the garage.

To tailor exercises specifically to their needs, our home physiotherapists might focus on the following:

  • Stair climbing exercises that strengthen their leg muscles, improve their balance, and simulate the action of stepping up and down.
  • Functional reach and bending movements because their favourite hobby and daily activities require it. This could include practising squatting to simulate bending down, reaching exercises while maintaining balance, and gentle stretching to enhance flexibility.
  • Endurance training to ensure that our patient can enjoy their hobbies along with daily chores and work-related activities. This could include cardiovascular exercises like walking or stationary cycling, tailored to their current fitness level.

2.   Integrative Care Approach

People think that home physiotherapy in London is completely separate from the usual care that they receive at the hospital. But the two go hand-in-hand.

The right physiotherapists focus on a team-based approach to ensure your treatment is well-rounded and comprehensive. For that, they work with your GP, nurses and pharmacists (or learn about your medications from you or your family). This collaborative approach makes home physiotherapy just another part of your care routine instead of a stand-alone entity – only difference is that it’s usually the most convenient

3.   Monitoring and Adapting Treatment

As Parkinson’s progresses, your needs change. That inevitably happens since it’s a neurodegenerative disease. Home physiotherapy is the best way to ensure that you are continuously evaluated – maybe even in every single home physio visit.

This allows your therapists to know how the parts of your daily activities that might be affected and where you may need the most help. They can adjust treatments after each evaluation, ensuring your Parkinson’s treatment regimen is effective and proper for your evolving condition.

4.   Enhanced Comfort and Familiarity for Parkinson’s Patients

Familiar surroundings can reduce anxiety for Parkinson’s patients because they remove travel-related challenges or discomfort in unfamiliar settings. That enhances the effectiveness of each physiotherapy session.

5.   Personalized Attention and Focus During Sessions

Physiotherapy clinics or hospitals are great for Parkinson’s patients receiving therapy. But it’s natural for you or your physiotherapist to be distracted by their surroundings, especially other patients who may be exercising in the same space.

But there’s no danger of that in-home care. Your physiotherapist’s focus is solely on you. This allows for a deeper understanding of your progress and difficulties, and management of your specific complexities.

6.   Flexibility and Convenience in Scheduling

You know that there are good and bad days with Parkinson’s. The variable nature of the disease makes making and keeping plans challenging, to say the least.

Home physiotherapy in London gives you the flexibility to schedule sessions for when you feel at your best. That optimises engagement and therapeutic outcomes – win win.

We here at Clearcut Physiotherapy accommodate short-notice schedule changes from our patients because we understand the challenges of Parkinson’s. and we recognise that you’ll be most engaged only when you feel ready for the physio session. Our only goal is to improve your functional ability, not to simply make you attend a certain number of sessions per month.

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7.   Safety and Risk Reduction in the Home Setting

Minimizing fall risk and enhancing safety at home is paramount. Our home physiotherapists can recommend home modifications to address specific mobility issues. For example:

  • Entryway Modifications: Ensure that the entryway is free of steps or has a ramp if needed, to make entering and exiting the home easier. This would encourage you to leave the house more often, even if it’s just to enjoy your garden.
  • Accessible Storage: Recommend storing frequently used items in easy-to-reach places to avoid the need for bending or stretching. Or using pull-out shelves or drawers in the kitchen and bedroom for easier access.
  • Modify Staircases: Ensure that staircases have sturdy handrails on both sides. If stairs become a significant barrier, we could recommend installing a stairlift.

This reduces the likelihood of accidents and makes you more confident to function around your house and be independent.

8.   Family Involvement and Education in Parkinson’s Care

Involving family members in the care process for Parkinson’s patients is vital. Most families want to help their loved ones. But they don’t know how.

Home physiotherapists can involve your family in your exercises. It empowers them to support you. That’s particularly crucial because the disease fluctuates and your requirements can suddenly change, and it may not always be possible to get nurses or professional care workers on short notice.

Our physiotherapists can educate your family and teach them skills to help your mobility, depending on your requirements. They can also take part in the exercise sessions with you to keep you engaged and motivated.

9.   Consistency and Routine in Therapy

Regular, structured therapy sessions are necessary for Parkinson’s patients. They maintain and potentially improve mobility and function. They also provide a semblance of normalcy and control over the disease.

Sporadic physio sessions are damaging for your physical and mental progress. Home physiotherapy is convenient and so it’s much easier to maintain your routine by having us come to your home for therapy.

Your Next Steps

Living with Parkinson’s isn’t easy. But you can make things a bit easier by booking our home physiotherapy services in Eltham, Battersea or Norbury and surrounding areas. We can come to your home and not only address the physical challenges but also offer hope and a sense of autonomy.