Parkinson`s Disease/Dad has Parkinson's

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Dear Margot RN BScN GNC:
I was inspired to write to you after I read your thoughtful and informative answer to someone else.
My father will be 84 this year. He has gotten progressively worse with his posture over the past 2 years. One of my questions has to do with pain. My father would never let on that he was in o=pain, ever. Does Parkinson's create pain when trying to move?

Also, my mother and brother are doing a great job taking care of my father.

Are there any series of steps we can use to make our home safer and to try and help prevent falls and other things that might prove to be real set backs for my dad?

Thank you.
George

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Hello George,

Although pain is not a direct symptom of PD, discomfort would be a normal side-effect of reduced mobility.  When people are not able, or chose not to, communicate with us, we must rely on watching the non-verbal queues for signs of pain (facial grimaces and laboured breathing, etc).  Warm baths and gentle ROM exercises or massages will help promote comfort.

To make the home safer you'll want to ensure the hall ways and path ways are free of clutter and don't have loose rugs as PD causes people to shuffle and tripping is a high risk.

I hope this helps and I wish you all the best,
Margot

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Please feel free to ask anything, but the more specific you are, the easier it is for me. Please share as many details as you are comfortable doing. I do check my Emails daily Monday through Friday so you should receive an answer within 24 hours on most business days. Thanks.

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GERONTOLOGY (NURSING ISSUES RELATED TO THE ELDERLY) I have 25+ years experience working with the elderly. I would be pleased to offer any assistance I can. My areas of expertise include: Gerontology / Geriatrics, Long Term Care, Community Nursing, Palliative Care, Private Nursing Services, Intermediate / Extended Care. I also have a personal interest in Homeopathic and Eastern Medicine. If I can not answer your question I'll do my best to direct you to an appropriate resource. Thank you.
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20 years of Long Term Care and Community Nursing, specialising in Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care.

Education/Credentials
Registered Nurse , Certified Gerontological Nurse, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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