Home Instead has announced a new partnership with Parkinson’s UK to ensure people living with Parkinson’s, and their families, are able to access specialist care to enable them to remain living independently at home.
The partnership will see Parkinson’s UK deliver a training programme that will allow Home Instead to upskill its caregivers so that they are able to provide care tailored to the needs of those living with condition.
Through this programme, Home Instead anticipates that around half (5,000) of its caregivers will have received the specialist Parkinson’s UK-recognised training by the end of this year.
Home Instead’s role in the partnership will be to share its expert view of home care and how it can provide a safe place for people with a Parkinson’s diagnosis to live well.
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 complex and unique to each individual.
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.”
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.”