When your loved one is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it can be a very scary and confusing time. This neurodegenerative brain disorder progresses slowly in most people, and while it is not fatal, complications from the disease are very serious. No one has discovered a cure yet, but it is Senior Helpers’ goal to work with your family and medical team to treat the symptoms of the disease to help your loved one remain independent and keep their quality of life as high as possible.

Parkinson’s disease is a unique challenge for caregivers, which is why Senior Helpers has invested so extensively to train its caregivers with the best information and tools available to make sure all Senior Helpers clients who live with Parkinson’s can live in comfort and as independently as possible given their condition.

Expertly Trained in Parkinson’s Disease Care

Senior Helpers’ Parkinson’s Care Program is a specialized training and certification program created in conjunction with leading experts from the National Parkinson Foundation’s Center of Excellence. This program, the first of its kind in the in-home senior care industry, is designed to provide our caregivers with the expert training and education necessary to create personalized care plans for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.

Our caregivers 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 fall 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 help maintain normal routines

Senior Helpers is proud to partner with the National Parkinson Foundation, where the goal is to make life better for people with Parkinson’s through expert care and research. NPF’s ongoing research helps people with Parkinson’s today. NPF’s local Chapters provide the Parkinson’s community with a range of enriching services including support groups, wellness classes and education programs.

NPF provides invaluable resources for caregivers and people living with Parkinson’s. Their series of educational books, including Caring and Coping and Fitness Counts, can be downloaded for free or ordered through their Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636). The Parkinson’s Today blog features a section, Caregiver Corner, devoted to the needs and perspectives of caregivers. In 2016, NPF hosted a Caregiver Summit, which addressed the dual role of caregivers: caring for a person with Parkinson’s, and caring for themselves. All sessions were recorded and can be viewed online. NPF also offers CareMAP, an online guide for managing advancing Parkinson’s. The website features 40 how-to videos and caregiver stories that provide practical and personal tips on coping with the complex problems that arise as a result of PD.

Senior Helpers® is also proud to be the exclusive in-home care sponsor of online caregiver resources for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). MJFF uses Senior Helpers’ sponsorship to enhance its existing caregiver resources web page and related content that is shared on its blog and social media channels. The resources web page helps families and organizations understand how Parkinson’s disease affects families and relationships, and provides content to help these individuals understand the course of action that may be best for them.

Included in these resources are a Caregiver Guide: You, Your Loved One and Parkinson’s Disease which includes educational content and recommendations for caregivers, and an “Ask the MD” short video that shares quick tips from a medical professional for caregivers who help individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. The enhanced caregiver resources are located on the Understanding Parkinson’s portion of the MJFF website, under “Advice for Loved Ones”.

 

See the links on the right above for more information on Parkinson’s disease and what caregivers can do today to make those they love who live with Parkinson’s disease more comfortable and independent.

 

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Caring for someone 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 elder care expert about creating a customized care plan for your loved one, please contact us today.