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The Menagerie of Professions

Caregiving Tips. March 6, 2017

This is the first post in a new category: caregiving tips. In these posts, I will present real, on-the-ground ideas for improving caregiving, not just for you, but also for the person you're caring for. There won't be any theory here, just tips that I've learned from experience and that I hope can help you.

Among the sometimes frustrating and confusing aspects of caregiving is the wide range of medical and professional roles you will encounter. Before being thrust into the role of caregiver, I had assumed—if I ever thought of it at all—that medicine was a general practitioner and maybe a couple of specialists for conditions the GP couldn't handle. Was that ever a mistake.

You are about to enter a world teeming with people who bring various skills to the care of patients: doctors, of course, but also different types of therapists, nurses, care aides, and others. Let me introduce you to the menagerie of specialists, what each one does, and what you can expect from them. In this list, I have included medical specialties that are significant in Parkinson's, but not others such as cardiologists or internists.