Parkinson’s Disease – ADCare Group renders frail care services to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and Parkinson’s Disease patients, general frail care and care to people diagnosed with MS. We also care for post-operative orthopaedic patients.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.
Parkinson’s Disease involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons. Parkinson’s Disease primarily affects neurons in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. Some of these dying neurons produce dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As Parkinson’s Disease progresses, the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases, leaving a person unable to control movement normally.
The specific group of symptoms that an individual experiences varies from person to person. Primary motor signs of Parkinson’s disease include the following.
- tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
- bradykinesia or slowness of movement
- rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
- postural instability or impaired balance and coordination
Scientists are also exploring the idea that loss of cells in other areas of the brain and body contribute to Parkinson’s. For example, researchers have discovered that the hallmark sign of Parkinson’s disease — clumps of a protein alpha-synuclein, which are also called Lewy Bodies — are found not only in the mid-brain but also in the brain stem and the olfactory bulb.
These areas of the brain correlate to nonmotor functions such as sense of smell and sleep regulation. The presence of Lewy bodies in these areas could explain the nonmotor symptoms experienced by some people with PD before any motor sign of the disease appears. The intestines also have dopamine cells that degenerate in Parkinson’s Disease, and this may be important in the gastrointestinal symptoms that are part of the disease.
(Source – Parkinson’s Disease Foundation)
ADCare Group frail care centers are located in Equestria, Boschkop, Olympus and Zwavelpoort in Pretoria, Hennopsrivier and Centurion and Kensington, Florida North and Glenzicht in Johannesburg.
These facilities are for day care, short term overnight and long term permanent abode with full frail care.
What we do
- All meals & nutritional requirements
- Administering of medicine
- Prevention of bedsores, pressure points
- All laundry
- Mobility exercises
- Daily activities
- Music & art therapy
- Manicure & podiatry requirements
- Hair care
- Occupational therapy
- General hygiene
- Assistance with ablutions.
- Micro bus with PTL for day excursions
Our facilities provide for daily hygiene routines, dressing and grooming assistance. We ensure urgent ambulation and transfer assistance should any medical emergencies arise. Daily housekeeping and a personal laundry service is also provided.
Three delicious, nutritional meals as well as in-between-snacks are given daily. Doctor prescribed special diets are also accommodated. A Hospice Care Program for End of Life Care is also available for patients too frail to support themselves. Medication is managed and monitored at all times to ensure that the patient maintains their health.
We provide a homely, loving environment where the resident can feel comfortable and accepted. We practice patience and consideration through building a level of trust and companionship.
Music therapy plays an integral part in our care giving as scientific studies have proven that major improvements in cognitive and memory recognition. We are firm believers that music is the key to the soul, no matter what your age, denomination or stature.
Prior to admission, a doctor/neurologist completes a full physical and emotional assessment of the patient in order to determine what his or her level of care needs will be. Click here to download the Admission Pack. You can contact our Placement Care Specialist on 082 854 2670.