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Parkinsons Carer


At Guardian Carers, we understand that parkinson’s disease can be a life-changing condition. It can progressively impact the brain which can lead to an array of symptoms that are difficult to manage. No matter what your situation is, whether you have just been diagnosed or managing the later stages of this disease, Guardian carers can provide you or your loved one with experienced private care in the home, with the support you can trust the most.

Even if your loved one is living with Parkinson’s disease, this should not mean that the individual should have to leave their home and find specialised care in a residential care home. Guardian Carers can provide you with a variety of experienced, and highly qualified private carers to care for you in the comfort of your own home, therefore you can still be surrounded by familiar faces and your precious memories. We also offer specialised, nursing care in the home to assist people with certain medical conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease. We understand that every individual who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is different and symptoms would vary from person to person, therefore we can offer you the relevant care for your specific requirements. Whether it is only a few hours a week to help care for the early stages of Parkinson’s, or more longer periods for more complex care needs, Guardian Carers can help you.


Parkindson's disease is the most common nervous system disorders for the elderly. Approximately, one in every 500 people are living with Parkinson’s disease, which is around 127,000. People at the age of 50 tend to be the most common age group to have Parkinson’s disease, but it can also affect younger adults if there is a family history of the condition. Some research has found that Parkinson’s disease can be genetically inherited, but it can also affect people with no family history.

Parkinson’s disease affects the nerve cells in the brain, particularly those that monitor a chemical called dopamine, which controls movement. When the nerve cells break down and individuals are receiving very low levels of dopamine, this can make it difficult for the brain to send signals to muscles in the rest of the body, therefore affecting movement.

It is common for people to notice the symptoms a while before their medical diagnosis. These can often begin with aching and increasing stiffness, or a mild tremor. People can also experience fatigue and weakness.Other symptoms can be less obvious, for example bowel or bladder problems, difficulty sleeping, excessive sweating, anxiety and depression. Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, it is hugely important to get an early diagnosis. This will enable you to receive the right treatment, and also private care and support in order to continue living independently in your own home.


Having a live-in carer is considered the most comprehensive type of care that we can offer, it can be particularly beneficial for some with Parkinson’s disease. At guardian carers, we pride ourselves in making sure you feel very comfortable with your carer, and then hopefully a care residence will not be an option for you. Your personal live-in carer will be able to care for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whilst you remain in your own home.

Live-out care is a specific type of care that will help you with your daily tasks and activities. Having a Live-Out carer will be a seamless addition to your day to day tasks, and are able to help more than just around the household.

Hiring Part-Time care will mean your carer can be available once a week, a few times a week or for a couple of hours a day depending on what support you are looking for. If there is no need for you to require constant care throughout the day or week, then this type of care will be suitable for you. It will allow you to specify what care you need, and when you need it.

By using a private care agency such as Guardian Carers, we can also offer you a Housekeeper-Carer, which is the perfect hybrid of having a person who takes the responsibilities of your household duties, as well as assisting with your personal care. Your personal Housekeeper-Carer will be more flexible and are there to give you a helping hand wherever you may need it. This could range from changing the bed linen, to assisting with personal hygiene. A Housekeeper-Carer can be available for part-time or full-time work, as well as live-in or live-out.

We can also offer you with a Companion-Housekeeper. A Companion-Housekeeper will be able to provide you with companionship within your daily life, as well as supporting your needs and caring for your safety. You are free to share stories and experience over a warm cup of tea. Your Companion-Housekeeper will be carefully and thoroughly selected to ensure your personalities match and you share similar characteristics and morals to each other.

Respite care can also be provided for you or your loved one, and be useful for someone who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Respite care allows you to be cared for within a set period of time, this can include personal and home care. In many situations, Respite care is often used for people if they have undergone an operation, or if their current private nursing carer is on annual leave. In addition, a Respite carer can also help with home transfers from the hospital for you or your loved one.


Guardian Carers can provide you with highly qualified and professional private carers who are specialised in caring for people with Parkinson’s disease. All of our carers have a minimum of 3 years experience in the care industry. They will be able to assist you with an array of domestic duties and personal care for someone living with Parkinson’s disease. The private carer can also offer emotional support, companionship and encouragement, as well as post-operative care if they have undergone an operation.

Duties can include:

  • Helping with personal care and hygiene
  • Encouraging the person to exercise
  • Assisting with mobility around the home
  • Arranging and taking the person to any doctors appointments
  • Preparing any meals and snacks
  • Managing their medication and ensuring they take it on time
  • Keeping the house clean and tidy
  • Helping with groceries
  • Household work such as ironing, laundry and changing the bed sheets
  • Going for walks with the person in the park or around the neighbourhood
  • Any pet care if it is required

All of our private carers are specially trained to offer the relevant support needed, which can help you or your loved one to become more independent and not having to rely on the help of their family or friends. Many of our carers are experienced in caring for people with medical conditions, so having a more expertly minded carer at hand will provide more ease and confidence knowing they will be able to care for the person in the correct manner. Their physical condition may also improve if they are receiving one-one-one private care in the home. We will always ensure to match you with a private carer who not only has the relevant skill set, but also complements your personality. We understand it is very important for the private carer to fully comprehend the needs and requirements of the client living with arthritis, and to make it their priority to help the person adapt to any physical limitations and discovering ways to relieve symptoms. They will also guarantee to provide you with a positive attitude and give any physical and psychological support.


Care services at home are essential if you are managing a health issue such as Parkinson’s disease. Private carers for the home are specifically trained and have years of hands on experience managing this condition on a day to day basis, they will provide you with a deeper understanding than your loved ones might be able to provide.They will also be more experienced that your loved ones may be in dealing with more challenging situations that might arise. They are also able to guide you through the changes that happen within yourself, provide you with reassurance and an understanding shoulder to lean on.


Making that decision to find a private carer for your loved one with Parkinson’s disease can be an overwhelming situation, and starting your search can be even more time consuming. With over 14 years experience in the care industry, Guardian Carers understand that you want to search for a private carer that best matches your needs and requirements. They should also be able to work the hours you need and are specially qualified to help you with an emergency situation.

At Guardian Carers, all of our private caregivers are required to go through an in-depth vetting procedure and background check. This involves an enhanced DBS check, face-to-face interviews with the carer which will allow us to discuss more detail about their experience and qualifications, as well as personally checking their verbal references. We will then provide you with an extensive list of private carers that we think best suits your needs and interests, which you can then interview personally. We will always be happy to provide you with any interviewing tips and questions that you may want to ask, as well as guiding you through all the paperwork that is required to hire a private caregiver. For example, by providing you contract samples and a payroll service. All of our carers have a minimum of 3 years experience in the care industry, and are able to care for you however you may need.

From the very first call, your expert consultant will guide you through what your options are, what would suit your requirements most closely and put your mind to rest with any concerns you may have regarding your medically specialised carer at home search. Our consultants are also on hand to help and answer any questions you might have along the way, using an agency that specialises in medically trained carers at home like Guardian Carers means you have a direct line to the experts. No matter what stage you are at with your arthritis care search, our consultants are on hand to assist.


90% of the families we work with are in a happy and lasting placement. You can be assured that you will receive support from all sides and be presented with specialised private carers that perfectly aligns with your care needs and requirements. We work with families to find solutions, whatever your needs are. With Guardian Carers our ethos is, it’s your care, your home, your way.

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