My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's late last year at the age of 52. He has since received several treatments. He has had counselling for depression that has since stopped because "they have done all that they can and now it's up to him", he is on antidepressants and dopamine tablets (I'm not sure of the name). He is unable to work and has recently got a dog to keep him company in the day, this has made him a lot more talkative and more like his old self but he is far from the person he used to be. I'm not sure whether there is more that can be done for him.
He started getting symptoms a few years ago but he has declined much quicker that any of us expected over the last year. He has gone from having one shaky hand to his whole left side and now his right hand shaking, tripping when walking, being unable to put on his socks, jacket and shirt on without assistance, experiencing incontinence at times, and most recently being unable to shave. He also has difficulty expressing what he wants to say, forgets words when he's speaking, and forgets things that have recently happened which obviously causes confusion.
We were told when he was diagnosed, the only time that he has seen a specialist, that it would progress slowly. No one expected it to be like this. We thought we'd have years to see these types of symptoms. While his depression is better, it is far from gone. When he started taking medication, we were informed that we could expect his symptoms to lessen and he would return to what he was like one year prior. This clearly hasn't happened. We have waited and waited for him to start improving but he continues to get worse.
My questions are, does this sound normal? What can we do if it doesn't? Who can we ask for help? There was a great support system in place when he was first diagnosed but he seems to have been pushed to one side and no one in the family knows what we should do now. We don't know where to go for help.
Finally, I am living abroad and am unable to help my mum who is dealing with this pretty much by herself. I try my best to support her but there's only so much I can do via FaceTime. I will be moving back home next year to help but she needs some support that is closer to home now. What can I suggest to her? What have you found to be most helpful? I'm desperate to help them both!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!