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Answers to key questions on Parkinson’s Disease at end-of-life



Man with Parkinson's Disease

When is it the right time to seek out hospice care for a loved one suffering from Parkinson’s?

In true Parkinson's disease, a person becomes slow and stiff, has notable tremors at rest, and eventually has memory impairment. In the early and mid-stages, medications and some special devices can help control these symptoms. But, eventually people affected by Parkinson's begin to fall more and more frequently and eventually stop working altogether despite treatments. When patients reach this point, one should consider treatment under hospice.

What are some issues that are unique to working with patients with Parkinson’s?

The issues facing Parkinson's patients are not so much unique as difficult to manage. Probably the biggest burden for caregivers and the most dangerous symptom for patients is the frequent falls. We've seen many Parkinson's patients fall because they refuse to admit they ar