National charity Parkinson’s UK has partnered with Home Instead, the UK’s leading home care provider, to ensure people living with Parkinson’s, and their families, are able to access specialist home care to allow them to remain living independently at home.
The partnership will see Parkinson’s UK share their specialist knowledge with Home Instead’s training teams. This will be delivered through a bespoke training programme about the condition with enhanced resources, delivered and created by the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network. This will allow Home Instead to upskill its caregivers so that they are able to provide care tailored to the needs of those living with the condition.
Through the partnership, Home Instead will offer Parkinson’s UK an expert view of home care and how it can provide a safe place for people with a Parkinson’s diagnosis to live well. The two organisations will work collaboratively on the content, creation, design and delivery of this.
Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world and it is estimated 1 in 37 people alive today will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime. However there is still no cure, it gets worse over time, and with over 40 symptoms it is incredibly complex and unique to each individual.
As a result of the partnership, Home Instead anticipates that in the region of 5,000 of its 10,000 caregivers will have received the specialist Parkinson’s UK-recognised training by the end of this year. Parkinson’s UK will be able to better support individuals and families who come to them for advice and signposting at what can be a stressful time.
Home Instead specialises in companionship-based care for older people in their own homes. Their pioneering model of delivering care recognises the need to support people’s emotional as well as physical needs.
Ghalib Ullah, Head of Commercial Partnerships at Parkinson’s UK said:
“We are delighted to partner with Home Instead and are really excited about working collaboratively with them to make sure people with Parkinson’s get the right care and support. By upskilling and providing their caregivers with the relevant resources, practical skills and information about Parkinson’s, it will ensure they can deliver the very best quality care when dealing with clients with Parkinson’s, especially those with more complex symptoms.
“We know that domiciliary care is preferable to many people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones and we hope that by supporting and enabling care staff to feel confident when it comes to understanding Parkinson’s we are also delaying the moment when individuals may need to move into a care home.”
Martin Jones, CEO of Home Instead added:
“We want people to be able to live their life well at home, where they feel most comfortable. This is absolutely possible for someone who is living with Parkinson’s.
“By sharing our sector expertise with Parkinson’s UK we hope that families will realise that they do have a choice when it comes to care and that quality home care can really make a difference to people’s lives.
“This type of partnership between third and private sectors presents a really exciting dynamic as we look to shape the future of care and support.”
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