Parkinson’s disease affects nearly 1 million people in the United States and more than 6 million people worldwide. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year
Parkinson’s disease ordinarily begins in middle or late life, and the risk increases with age. People usually develop the disease around age 60 or older
By the time a diagnosis is made, Parkinson’s disease has typically already progressed to a point where people have difficulty controlling the movement of their bodies
While medication is the most common treatment, lifestyle modifications, like rest and exercise, help manage the disease, but Parkinson's Disease symptoms can make exercise challenging
Sequoia Senior Solutions recognizes the challenges and complexity of Parkinson’s disease. We have developed a training program, oversight, and specific procedures to help provide excellent care for seniors in our community who are suffering from this condition.
Home Inspection & Needs Assessment
Sequoia Senior Solutions performs a complimentary and personalized needs assessment and home inspection to ensure client safety. During the assessment process, special care is taken to assign a caregiver who has the experience to meet the needs of the client as well as interests and traits that will best match their personality. This allows for greater consistency for the client. During the home inspection, a care manager will identify any issues that could compromise client or caregiver safety as well as make home modification recommendations if appropriate.
Many Sequoia Senior Solutions caregivers are specifically trained and educated on Parkinson's disease and best practices for client care:
The fundamentals of Parkinson’s, including how it affects the brain, the cardinal features and stages, risk factors, and the ten most common signs and symptoms
Identifying cognitive dysfunction vs. dementia, and understanding the symptoms and behavioral and emotional changes at each stage of the disease
Addressing common challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease, such as communication, personal care, and mobility
How to assess client’s abilities and document changes for care plan adjustments
Recommended diet and exercise guidelines and specific health challenges faced by Parkinson’s patients, such as bone thinning and dehydration
Supervision & Monitoring of Progress
A Sequoia Senior Solutions care manager will perform periodic visits to ensure that all caregivers follow proper procedures and will monitor progress and update the care plan as the situation evolves.