At the later stages of Parkinson’s, patients will require constant care, including assistance with activities of daily living. Some will be able to walk with help but will likely require a wheelchair. Others may not even be able to stand without assistance. In these cases, living arrangements may need to be changed.
Symptoms vary from person to person, but may include rigidity on one side of the body. People with PD may also experience tremor in a hand, arm, or leg. Other patients may notice changes in their facial features. Some people with PD will have flat faces.
Stage 1 of Parkinson’s disease is the most mild type of the disease. At this stage, symptoms are not severe enough to interfere with daily activities and are often difficult to detect. However, family members may notice that a person may have difficulty walking or maintaining a good posture. They may also become dependent on a walker or a nursing assistant.
During the later stages of Parkinson’s disease, a person with the disease will not be able to walk on their own. Instead, they may need a walker or assistive device to do everyday tasks, like bathing or dressing. This can lead to bedbound or full assistance in daily activities.