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Enhancing Quality of Life: How Hickory Ridge Supports Parkinson's Patients

September 20, 2023
Nursing homes, such as Hickory Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center, play a vital role in providing quality care for Parkinson's disease patients, offering a range of specialized services and support to enhance their overall well-being. Here are some key aspects of how nursing homes excel in caring for Parkinson's patients.

Expertise and Specialization

Nursing homes often employ healthcare professionals who specialize in geriatrics and neurology. These professionals have the knowledge and experience to understand the unique needs and challenges faced by Parkinson's patients, such as motor symptoms, cognitive changes, and medication management. At Hickory Ridge, our 1:12 caregiver ratio allows for patients, including those with Parkinson’s to get the attention they need.

Individualized Care Plans

Hickory Ridge creates personalized care plans tailored to each resident's specific needs. For Parkinson's patients, this may include physical therapy to improve mobility, occupational therapy to address daily living tasks, and speech therapy to manage communication difficulties.

Medication Management

Parkinson's patients typically require precise medication management to control their symptoms effectively. Hickory Ridge has trained staff who can administer medications on schedule, adjust dosages as needed, and monitor for potential side effects or interactions.

Assistive Devices, Accessibility, and Secure Environments

Hickory Ridge is equipped with assistive devices and features to enhance the mobility and safety of Parkinson's patients. This includes handrails, ramps, adaptive bathroom equipment, and mobility aids like wheelchairs or walkers. Hickory Ridge also offers secure units for individuals who may need a smaller, secure setting.

Rehabilitation Services

Parkinson's disease can lead to physical decline over time. The experienced therapy team at Hickory Ridge offers rehabilitation services to help residents regain and maintain their physical abilities. These services can include gait training, balance exercises, and strength training.

Emotional Support

Coping with a chronic condition like Parkinson's can be emotionally challenging. The social work team at Hickory Ridge works to meet each patient’s needs. Our regular psychologist and counselor visits also offer emotional support and counseling to help residents and their families navigate the psychological aspects of the disease.

Social Activities and Engagement

Hickory Ridge organizes various social and recreational activities to keep residents mentally and emotionally engaged. With five activities staff, our center has several enriching activities and outings happening throughout the day. These activities can help reduce feelings of isolation and depression often associated with Parkinson's disease.

Dietary Support

Proper nutrition is crucial for Parkinson's patients, as it can affect medication absorption and overall health. Hickory Ridge has a registered dietitian who plans and monitors residents' diets to ensure they receive adequate nutrition. And, our chef has won several cooking competitions!

Regular Monitoring

Hickory Ridge conducts regular assessments and monitoring to track the progression of Parkinson's disease and adjust care plans accordingly. This proactive approach helps in preventing complications and optimizing care.

In summary, Hickory Ridge provides comprehensive care for Parkinson's patients by offering specialized expertise, personalized care plans, and a range of services aimed at improving their physical, emotional, and social well-being. This dedicated care ensures that individuals with Parkinson's disease can live as comfortably and independently as possible while managing their condition effectively.

To learn more about the specialized care Hickory Ridge provides residents with Parkinson's disease, click the button below or call 330.762.6486 to speak with one of our team members.

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