Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Supporting Your Loved One at Home

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and April 11th is Parkinson’s Awareness Day! A time to raise awareness of this chronic, progressive disease that affects over 10 million people worldwide. As a caregiver, it’s important to understand how to support your loved one with Parkinson’s at home, where they can feel safe and comfortable. 
Understanding Parkinson’s Disease


Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological condition that affects movement and can cause tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with coordination. It is a chronic, progressive disease that can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. The condition can also cause other symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and fatigue.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month


Parkinson’s Awareness Month is a time to increase awareness of the disease, promote research and funding, and provide support for those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. During this month, many organizations, including the Parkinson’s Foundation, offer events and resources to educate the public about the disease and ways to support those affected.

Supporting Your Loved One with Parkinson’s at Home


If you are caring for someone with Parkinson’s at home, there are many things you can do to support them. Here are some specific ideas to help you get started:

1.    Create a safe and comfortable environment


People with Parkinson’s may have difficulty with balance and coordination, so it’s important to make sure their environment is safe and comfortable. Remove any tripping hazards and ensure that there is adequate lighting throughout the home. Consider installing grab bars in the bathroom and other areas of the home where they may need extra support.

2.    Encourage exercise


Exercise can be beneficial for people with Parkinson’s, as it can help improve mobility, balance, and flexibility. Encourage your loved one to engage in regular exercise, such as walking, swimming, or yoga. Physical therapy can also be helpful in improving mobility and reducing stiffness.

3.    Seek out support


Being a caregiver can be challenging, and it’s important to seek out support from others who understand what you’re going through. Consider joining a support group for caregivers of people with Parkinson’s or talking to a counselor or therapist. You can also reach out to the Parkinson’s Foundation or other organizations for resources and support.

4.    Stay organized


Keeping track of medications, appointments, and other important information can be overwhelming. Consider using a calendar or planner to help you stay organized and ensure that your loved one is getting the care they need. You can also create a medication schedule or use a medication reminder app to help you stay on top of their medication regimen.



Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an important time to raise awareness of this disease and provide support for those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. By creating a safe and comfortable environment, encouraging exercise, seeking out support, and staying organized, you can help your loved one with Parkinson’s live their best life possible. At Boutique Care Homes, we provide specialized care and support for those in our care, so you can feel confident that your loved one is receiving the best possible care.

For more information about how Boutique Care Homes can support your loved one please contact your nearest Boutique Care Home.