BALTIMORE, Md., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior Helpers®, one of the nation's premier provider of personalized in-home senior care, announced today the launch of its Parkinson's Care Program, a specialized training and certification program created in conjunction with leading experts from the National Parkinson Foundation's Center of Excellence. Senior Helpers' new program is the first of its kind in the in-home senior care industry, designed to provide caregivers with the expert training and education necessary to create personalized care plans for individuals living 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," said Chris Buitron, Senior Helpers vice president of marketing. "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."
The Parkinson's Care Program is the second disease management training program developed and implemented by Senior Helpers, and joins the company's Senior Gems® Alzheimer's and Dementia Training Program, which created the gold standard for excellence in personalized in-home senior care. Senior Helpers' new Parkinson's Care Program provides caregivers education on how Parkinson's disease advances and changes, and provides training to caregivers on how to handle the range of mobility and movement limitations those who live with Parkinson's disease experience. The training also provides education on specific motor and non-motor symptoms along with techniques and strategies for identifying and managing those symptoms. Additionally, the program includes home safety and fall prevention curriculum, providing the tools necessary to assess and improve a patient's living environment.
In addition to providing Parkinson specific in-home care, Senior Helpers supports those living with Parkinson's disease through a partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). Senior Helpers serves as the exclusive in-home care sponsor of the Foundation's online caregiver resources and also provides a number of services to care facilities in local communities. Those services include continuing education and training for healthcare professionals, public seminars that help the community stay informed about Parkinson's disease, and staffing assistance for local facilities that require trained caregivers to assist residents who are living with Parkinson's disease.
Senior Helpers is the nation's largest premier in-home senior care company in the U.S. with over 240 franchised businesses operating across the country. Founded in 2001 with a vision to help seniors who wish to remain in their homes despite age-related illnesses and mobility challenges, Senior Helpers has now cared for tens of thousands of seniors with a pledge to provide "care and comfort at a moment's notice." Senior Helpers offers a wide range of personal care and companion services, including trained Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinson's care, to assist seniors who wish to live independently. Learn more by visiting http://www.seniorhelpers.com.