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    Assisted living Vs, 24 Hourr Skilled Nursing
    sparky1109 posted:
    I have had Parkinson's for eight years. My wife (my only relation) who is fiftyyears old can no longer bear the burden of my care. I am ambulatiry eight to ten hours a day and feel pretty good, however in the afternoon I carmp up and am bed ridden until the next morning.
    My dear wife is loath to send me into 24 hour care, yet I fear being alone, and practially immoble half the day. Any advise?
    jambajuice responded:
    SNF (CA, Avg) per Met Life 2010 Survey...$7000/mo

    Assisted Living (CA, Avg)...$3100/mo

    Senior Home Care Associate (CA, Avg)...$21/hr.

    Something to consider depending on your needs.

    A good in-home care specialist can do wonders and allow flexibility in maintaining your independence. But, you need to get lucky...

    I wish you and your wife best wishes.
    sparky1109 replied to jambajuice's response:
    Money is certainly a major consideration, the inescapable fact is that if you live long enough,you eventually end up on medicaide, and my therapists tell me horror stories of people who survive past the medications ability to aid them. The question is how to make the most of the time that you have given the resources that you have. My luck was pretty good for seven years, until my system developed an intolrance for the agonist therapy, then it went downhill real fast. If anyone out there has some experiences to share, we'd sure appreciate them.
    Mark A Stacy, MD replied to sparky1109's response:
    Dear sparky1109,
    I am sorry to read that your "luck" feels like it is getting low. There are other treatments besides this class of medications, and for completeness, make sure your doctor has considered levodopa, entacapone, amantadine, rasagiline, selegiline or tolcapone.

    If these have been tried, you need to consider Deep Brain Stimulation, and neurosurgical treatment for PD. Information about this highly effective intervention can be found in many places on the internet, including WebMD. You may also wish to review the Medtronic website; they are the manufacturers of the most commonly used device.

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