Parkinson’s Comprehensive Program

Broad Street realizes that providing the right solution for your care requires much more than an awareness of Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms. To provide the highest level of personalized care available, we’ve developed a Comprehensive Parkinson’s Program designed to empower you to live the life you choose.

Our Approach

We start with understanding. Despite the symptoms of Parkinson’s, you remain a vibrant person with a full life ahead. Whether your symptoms are visible or below the surface, we address them by creating a personalized plan that mitigates their impact on your life and the lives of those around you. It is by understanding your unique situation that we are able to develop a customized level of service specifically suited for your needs.

A Nurse Supervisor will come to your home and work with you to develop a dynamic plan of service. Your plan is designed to incorporate your goals and personal preferences which empowers you to maintain your daily routines. Critical to the success of your plan is the careful selection of the right Personal Assistants who have completed our Comprehensive Parkinson’s Training Program. This is a collaborative approach where your Nurse Supervisor communicates closely with our Human Resource manager to identify the best suited assistant. Your Personal Assistant then undergoes a secondary, customized training focused specifically on your condition.

Clinical oversight is also provided throughout your care by a Nurse Supervisor who provides support to you and your personal assistants and addresses any changes in your condition. Nurse oversight is also about communication. Through direct feedback and proactive management we ensure that necessary information is shared with your family and your multidisciplinary team. This allows us to work together in providing the most effective level of care.

The Result

With the establishment of clinically supported practices provided by trained professionals, your safety and wellbeing are enhanced. This, in turn, leads to empowerment, the key to a higher quality of life.

Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network

In 2016, we partnered with the Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network which was instrumental in the development of our training curriculum. The Struthers team coordinates a network of care organizations across the country facilitating a method of communicating successes and struggles encountered in the delivery of care. We continue to collaborate with The Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network to ensure that we are delivering the most effective training and utilizing the best practices available in support of our clients.

Comprehensive Parkinson’s Training

By focusing on education and implementation of best practices, Broad Street has developed a state-of-the-art training program unique to the Chicago area

Classroom Education

Our curriculum begins with a core education on the causes and symptoms associated with Parkinson’s. By knowing how dopamine impacts how the brain communicates with the rest of the body, it establishes a basis of understanding and recognition that symptoms are involuntary.  This creates patience when learning how to help manage changing conditions.

Hands on Training

Once a basis of understanding is established, we then introduce simulation exercises focused on techniques and tools used to provide physical and emotional support needed for specific symptoms (timely medication management, cueing to improve gait and prevent falls, nutrition and exercise, patience, understanding and respect).

Client Specific Education

Based on your input and our clinical observations, our Nurse Supervisors provide your personal assistant with additional training specific to your current conditions and most importantly, your goals and objectives.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Working with your existing clinical team, our nurses and personal assistants can capture and communicate requested information back to your team. This ensures the utilization of therapeutic practices, helps maintain and measure the effectiveness of your treatments and allows for adjustments in your care over time. Your multidisciplinary team may include:

> Neurologists and Movement Disorder Specialists

> Primary Care Physicians

> Social Workers

> Physical, Occupational and Speech/Language Therapists

> Exercise Physiologists and Physical Trainers focused on Parkinson’s

> Dieticians

> Family Members

 

Need help with Parkinson’s Disease? We provide Personal Assistants who are specially trained in the condition and who can help manage medication, doctor visits and overall health care and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources like advocates to attend appointments with you and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, Illinois, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.