During this Parkinson’s Awareness Week, at Radis Community Care, we wanted to raise awareness of the neurological condition and share the heartwarming story of Andrea.

But first, what is Parkinson’s?

Affecting more than 10 million people worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition and because of this, over the course of many years, parts of the brain become progressively damaged.

There are a number of symptoms that come with Parkinson’s, that tend to develop over time but also differ from person to person.

These symptoms include:

  • A slowness in movement
  • Stiffness of limbs and rigidity
  • A tremor – mainly at rest and often known as shaking hands
  • Difficulties with balance

As well as the above motor symptoms, Parkinson’s also has a number of symptoms that are unrelated to movement. These include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Sleep disorders
  • Loss of smell

Many people who live with Parkinson’s are able to live a long and healthy life, however may need additional support in the form of medication, or a care worker.

Andrea’s Story:

Andrea, who lives in Willow Gardens Extra Care Service in Oxfordshire, lives with Parkinson’s and was keen to combat feelings of loss and isolation. Since becoming her care provider in 2022, the care team at Radis supported her with her ambitions and worked hard to ensure all of her needs were being met.

We built a strong relationship with Andrea and many of our carers were keen to improve her situation as soon as possible.

Our priority was to remove Andrea from her isolated circumstances, and we worked alongside local organisations to get the much-needed equipment she needed, and implemented a care plan that respected Andrea’s wishes.

Andrea’s goal was to build her confidence until she felt comfortable enough to leave her flat and become a part of the on-site community at Willow Gardens Extra Care Service, something she hadn’t been able to do previously.

Now, we are delighted to say that Andrea’s life has changed for the better, allowing her to regain independence and improving her mental health and wellbeing.

With a new-found sense of purpose, Andrea attends regular activities within the scheme and has developed some lovely friendships along the way.

Andrea said, “Since receiving care from Radis, I have felt like a different person. The care team all sit and chat with me, and I enjoy the fact they take me to different activities, such as knit and natter, wellbeing coffee mornings and bingo.

“It’s lovely to be able to engage with the other residents,” she added.

Rachel Brooks-O’Dell, Regional Manager at Radis said, “Andrea is a true hero, as are the care team around her! Stories like this showcase what the extra care service is all about – bringing someone with complex needs out of isolation to become a part of the community around them.

“As a regional manager, I cannot thank the care team enough, as well as the housing team who support us to deliver breath-taking moments such as this.”

Supporting clients with various illnesses and disabilities, at Radis we work with a multitude of clients to ensure they live a life filled with enjoyment, independence and confidence.

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