At Porthaven, we understand that Parkinson’s disease symptoms can vary from individual to individual and so the so the care we offer at each of our care homes is flexible and adapted to each resident’s specific needs.
What is Parkinson’s disease and how can we help?
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition which happens because nerve cells in the brain have died and no longer produce enough of the chemical called dopamine.
The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are rigidity, tremor and slowness of movement but people living with Parkinson’s often find that their day to day lives are impacted by many other physical and emotional symptoms. As Parkinson’s progresses, the need for care increases and this is where our care homes can help.
Parkinson’s disease is a very individual condition and each person living with the illness can experience different symptoms. Every resident who moves into a Porthaven home will be involved in developing a care plan tailored to their individual needs. As Parkinson’s progresses, our care plan will too and our resident will be involved every step of the way.
Our skilled nurses understand Parkinson’s well and are trained to manage symptoms from complex medication regimes, to pain management and emotional support.
Many people with Parkinson’s live at home with carer support but sometimes, whether due to changes in the condition or carer holidays, other arrangements may need to be made. At all Porthaven care homes, we have the ability to provide short term respite and holiday stays to help those needing support at these times.
All Porthaven homes have numerous features to help deal with the progressive nature of Parkinson’s but the overriding ethos of Porthaven is to maintain warm, homely and non-institutional environments. Every resident living with Parkinson’s is able to relax in his or her own spacious private bedroom and wetroom, or participate in as many of the social activities a Porthaven home has to offer.
It’s not just the surroundings which make a huge difference to caring for people living with Parkinson’s. Our chefs are trained to produce fresh, home cooked, nutritious meals which encourage our residents to eat and participate in the very social activity of enjoying food. Our leisure and wellness coordinators and care staff are all trained to provide stimulating individual and group activities. When excellent care combines with good nutrition, physical and mental stimulation, well-being and contentment are promoted, and that is what we wish to achieve for each and every Porthaven resident.
If you would like to find out more about your nearest Porthaven home, and whether we can help care for you, or your loved one, please call any of our homes and arrange for a visit at your convenience. Click here for a list of contact numbers or to send us a message.
‘Coming here I feared I would lose my independence and I haven’t. I can get up when I want to and go to bed when I want to. I can choose my own meals as there is lots of choice for all meals. If I don’t like what’s on the menu, I can request something different. I now call this my home and I look upon the staff in my unit as part of my extended family. The one thing that struck me when I first came to visit was the wonderful warm caring atmosphere’
Extract from a carehome.co.uk review given by a Porthaven resident’s relative