When a person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it can be scary and confusing. This neurodegenerative brain disorder progresses slowly in most people, and while not it is not fatal, the complications of the disease can be serious. There is no cure as yet, but Senior Helpers’ goal is to work with your family and along side your medical team to address the symptoms of the disease and help the person with Parkinson’s to remain independent with the best quality of life possible.
Parkinson’s disease is the second mot common neurological disease in Australia, affecting 80,000 people with 32 Australians diagnosed every day. While often considered a disease occurring in people over the age of 60 years, in Australia, 20% are diagnosed in their 50’s and 10% before the age of 40 years.
Parkinson’s disease is a unique challenge for carers and support staff, which is why Senior Helpers has invested heavily to train its staff with the best information and tools available to make sure all clients of Senior Helpers who live with Parkinson’s can live in comfort and as independently as possible given their condition.
Expertly Trained in Parkinson’s Care
Senior Helpers’ Parkinson’s Care Program is a specialised training and certification program created in conjunction with leading experts from the National Parkinson Foundation’s Centre of Excellence. This program, the first of its kind in the US home-care industry, is designed to provide our staff with the expert training and education necessary to create personalised plans of support for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.
Our staff are educated and trained on:
- How Parkinson’s disease advances and changes
- How to handle the range of mobility and movement limitations experienced with the disease
- Techniques and strategies to identify and manage motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s
- Home safety and falls prevention
- Medication management and reminders
- Light exercise to maintain balance, mobility and strength
- How to notice changes in posture and facial expression and assistance with comfortable adjustments to maintain coordination and balance
- Daily mobility activities to maintain normal routines
Senior Helpers® is proud to be the exclusive in-home sponsor of online carer resources for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). The resources help families, carers and organisations understand how Parkinson’s disease affects families and relationships and provides content to help individuals understand the course of action that may be best for them.
Caring for a person with Parkinson’s disease can be physically demanding and emotionally exhausting. If you would like to know more about our Parkinson’s Care Program, or to speak with a Senior Helpers’ Consultant about creating a customised support plan, please contact us today.
Our Free DVD and Strategies for Care Guide can assist you in your efforts to help a family member with Parkinson’s disease. Click here to request a copy of the DVD and Guide Today.