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Home Instead reaches Parkinson’s training milestone

by Lisa Carr

A year on from announcing their ground breaking partnership with national charity Parkinson’s UK, Home Instead has reached a key milestone with 100 offices having received specialist Parkinson’s training.

The milestone has been announced on World Parkinson’s Day (April 11th 2022).

Through the partnership, Home Instead and Parkinson’s UK created a bespoke training programme focused on delivering care to someone living with the condition. This training arms Care Professionals with the knowledge and skills to provide tailored care.

To date a total of 500 people have benefited from training with 150 of the company’s Key Players and 350 Care Professionals completing the course.

Speaking about the partnership, Home Instead UK CEO Martin Jones said, “We are always looking for ways to improve the care we deliver and make it as tailored as we can to meet the needs of our clients and their families.

“The partnership with Parkinson’s UK has enabled us to develop a new specialism and empower our Care Professionals whilst also giving them a transferable skill.

“In the years to come, we will receive more and more care in our homes and many thousands of people will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Arming Care Professionals with the skills now to deal with what can be a complex condition is, therefore, vitally important.”

Home Instead is disseminating the training via its network of in-house trainers who go on to deliver the training at a local level. This has allowed the specialist knowledge to be shared efficiently and at pace across the network.

One Care Professional who has received the training, Wendy Griffin from Home Instead’s South Lakes office in Kendal said, “Parkinson’s is the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world.

“Our Parkinson’s training encompasses the practical aspects such as helping clients to walk but it also covers handling the emotional side of things for both the client and family once a diagnosis has been received.

“There is no doubt that the training is helping me to make a difference.”

Ghalib Ullah, Head of Commercial Partnerships at Parkinson’s UK, said, “It’s fantastic that so many Care Professionals have been upskilled and provided with the right tools and information through the training, to help them deliver better care to people living with Parkinson’s. Tailored support for individuals and their families is so important as the condition affects people differently and there can often be complex symptoms to manage and live with.”

Through the partnership Home Instead is also sharing its knowledge of the social care and home care sectors with Parkinson’s UK, offering them a valuable insight into the difference home care can make and how people’s homes can provide a safe place for people living with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

In conclusion, Martin said, “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.

“Our Care Professionals are keen to learn new skills and put them to use in their work and I am delighted that we have made such progress over the last year.

“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.”

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