Senior Helpers Now Offering In-Home Training Program for Parkinson’s Disease Caregivers

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Senior Helpers has launched its Parkinson’s Care Program, developed together with specialists from the National Parkinson Foundation’s Center of Excellence, to provide caregivers the specialized training and certification needed to create individualized care plans for people with Parkinson’s disease.

“Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects nearly one million people in the U.S. alone, and that number will likely increase due to the aging Baby Boomers population,” Chris Buitron, Senior Helpers’ vice president of marketing, said in a news release. “We are proud to be the first in our industry to provide specialized caregiver training in Alzheimer’s, dementia, and now, Parkinson’s disease care. Over the years, Senior Helpers has established itself as the best option for navigating the challenges of in-home senior care today, and this new program further underscores our commitment to offering skilled services while allowing our aging clients to maintain the best quality of life possible in the comfort of their own homes.”

Parkinson’s Care is the second training program created and implemented by the organization, and joins its Senior Gems Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training Program, a gold standard in adapted in-home senior care.

The program helps to educate caregivers about Parkinson’s, with specialized training dealing with the movement and mobility restrictions faced by those with the disease. It also offers education and training about specific symptoms, techniques to identify and manage those symptoms, tips on home safety and the prevention of falls, and tools to assess and improve the home environment.

In addition to its care programs, Senior Helpers supports people with Parkinson’s disease through a collaboration with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), offering online caregiver resources, training and education for healthcare professionals, public seminars on the disease, and support for local facilities needing skilled caregivers.

More information about the new Parkinson’s Care Program is available through this link.