Parkinson's disease, home care

The 5 Stages of Parkinson’s Disease and How Home Care Can Help Through Each

More likely to strike men, and more prevalent than MS, muscular dystrophy, and ALS combined, Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed in as many as 7 – 10 million people worldwide, with an additional 600,000 Americans diagnosed each year. And although each individual’s experience with Parkinson’s differs in level of severity, there are five main stages of progression that are routinely experienced by all.  

In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Comprehensive Home Care shares the facts below to help you better understand the stages of Parkinson’s disease: 

1st Stage: Referred to as early-stage Parkinson’s, this stage impacts the individual with mild signs or symptoms that may display as follows: 

  • Symptoms on only one side of the body 
  • Symptoms are bothersome, but not disabling 
  • Tremors or uncontrollable shaking in one limb may be apparent 
  • Loved ones can often pick up on differences in the individual’s posture, balance, and facial expressions 

2nd Stage: In the second stage of Parkinson’s, the person begins to display an inability to complete standard physical tasks: 

  • Symptoms now impact both sides of the body 
  • The person is experiencing minimal disability, but in most cases ambulatory or balance problems are noticed 
  • Posture begins to be affected 

3rd Stage: This stage is considered to be moderate Parkinson’s disease, and a higher degree of disability will begin to become apparent: 

  • There is a noticeable slowing down of the body’s movements 
  • Equilibrium impairment may lead to the inability to stand or walk straight 
  • There is a moderately significant overall dysfunction 

4th Stage: The fourth stage is indicative of advanced Parkinson’s and includes severe symptoms: 

  • Rigidity and bradykinesia, or sluggish movements are now at play 
  • The individual can no longer complete daily tasks and typically is unable to live independently 
  • Tremors may begin to lessen or disappear altogether for unknown reasons during this stage 

5th Stage: The fifth and final stage of the disease usually takes over the person’s physical movements: 

  • The person typically experiences a general decline in vitality and strength in both body and mind 
  • The person may possibly now be unable to walk or stand 
  • One-on-one care is required 

Comprehensive Home Care’s skilled caregivers are fully trained and experienced in all aspects of home care, and can help those with Parkinson’s disease and other conditions of aging to experience a better quality of life, right in the comfort of home. Whether the need is for help with daily personal care, transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments, errand-running, light housework and meal preparation, or simply a kind companion to brighten up each day, our home care in Charlotte, NC is customized to each person’s individual needs and preferences. Call us any time to learn more at 704-333-5214.