Emerald Crest Enhances Capabilities to Help Those with Parkinson’s Disease

February 28, 2017

To enhance care to residents living with Parkinson’s, Emerald Crest by Augustana Care has become a member of the Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network. Staff has been trained to increase awareness, maximize safety and improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s. Training will make staff more knowledgeable about physical changes seen in residents with the disease.

This training will increase the awareness and effectiveness of care for those with Parkinson’s and was featured in a recent article. Read the article at this link.

emerald-crest-home.jpgTraining is provided at all Emerald Crest sites and includes an experiential component so staff members can feel what it is like physically to have the disease. The experience enables staff to understand the common challenges that impact the residents, including morale, cognition, nutrition, communication, pain, sleep and quality of life.

Caregiver awareness helps provide more relief for residents with Parkinson’s. “Emerald Crest settings, which are smaller and easier to navigate, offer an extremely conducive environment for people with Parkinson’s,” says Augustana Care Regional Director of Housing Margaret Owens. Emerald Crest, which specializes in memory care, can also help residents dealing with dementia in addition to the physical symptoms of Parkinson’s. Augustana Regent has also joined the Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network and provides training as well.

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For over two and a half years my husband was a resident. A former nurse, a good friend of mine, went with me to look over memory care facilities and, after a few moments at Emerald Crest we both agreed this was the place for Chuck. I was happy to visit there and observe their daily activities and how they engaged the residents and how caring all the staff was. I have even visited after my husband's death, because I wanted to see staff people again. We couldn't have made a better choice.

— Alice, wife of resident