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As a person living with Parkinson’s disease, your needs for care and support go beyond just symptom management. Your treatment should also address your physical, social and emotional needs. You may benefit from a team of professionals who can work together to help provide the level of care you deserve. Here are some of the people who can make valuable contributions to your care.
Who’s on your treatment team — and how much they are part of your care — will depend on your needs. These relationships are likely to change as your Parkinson’s advances. But identifying where you are in your disease and communicating openly with your doctor may help you identify additional professionals that could help enhance your care.
Among all the important members of your team, the person helping you every day is partner #1. Being with you the most, he or she may notice even minor changes and can communicate that valuable information to your treatment team. Sharing everything you can with your caregiver can help you get the best care possible. And remember, your caregiver needs support, too. Respect each other and have open, honest conversations about the disease and your feelings.
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