Home Instead Senior Care, East Devon and Exeter, has recently begun providing free Parkinson’s workshops in the local community after becoming a Parkinson’s UK accredited home care provider.
Directors and management at the home care provider underwent extensive training from the Parkinson’s UK team on the way to becoming accredited trainers.
The Home Instead Senior Care branch was given an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission, making it the only five-star rating provider in the South West and is now a part of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network.
The free workshops offered specialist training to local care-givers and family carers in partnership with Waitrose & Partners in Sidmouth.
Home Instead East Devon and Exeter’s managing director, Mark McGlade, said:“As the first home care provider in the South West to have Parkinson’s Disease accredited training and as part of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, we are now working in partnership with Waitrose & Partners in Sidmouth to provide workshops to raise awareness of Dementia and Parkinson’s.
“This will help the staff better understand how the conditions affect their customers so that they can provide improved services and an awareness and understanding of those suffering from these debilitating diseases.”
There are currently over 2,000 people in the Greater Exeter and East Devon area living with Parkinson’s.
Julie Marish, community lead, Waitrose and Partners, Sidmouth, said: “We found great benefit in the dementia training from Mark and his team, so when we heard they were also accredited with Parkinson’s UK, we invited them to come back.
“The workshops were delivered in a professional manner and gave our partners the tools to deliver excellent customer service to everyone. Many of us had some knowledge of Parkinson’s and Dementia but these training and information sessions highlighted all the signs to look for.”