Respectful Care is preparing to deliver an intensive training programme across its network that will help frontline staff support clients living with Parkinson’s disease.
The course is designed to highlight the importance of delivering tailored care and the best possible methods for assisting clients with tasks such as eating, drinking and mobility, and enabling them to feel safe and comfortable at home.
Regional training manager, Adam Clements (pictured), was enrolled on the course and will pass on his knowledge to colleagues across the Respectful Care group, which has offices in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.
Commenting on the programme, Clements said: “Parkinson’s disease is one of the health conditions that we have had a lot of feedback from staff on in the past. Our care staff have been passionate to learn more about this condition with an overriding desire to develop, and this course has given exactly that.
“I was astonished to learn just how many people in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s disease – one in 500. I also discovered that a lot more younger people are being affected. I was taken aback by the numbers as the condition is a lot more prevalent than I had thought originally.”
The group’s aim is to equip all staff with improved Parkinson’s knowledge, which can be utilised during care delivery and shared with clients’ families, friends and neighbours.
“At Respectful Care, we look after several clients living with Parkinson’s disease. We, as a team, must be well informed to ensure we are providing high quality and person-centred care to customers living with the condition,” Clements explained.
“As we also offer training and advice to family and friends of clients living with specific health conditions, our improved knowledge can be used to enhance this further so that everyone feels adequately supported.”