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acuity care parkinson's

Acuity Care for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide.

As the disease progresses, individuals with Parkinson’s often require increasing levels of care and support to manage their symptoms and maintain their quality of life.

This aspect of living with the disease can become overwhelming for caregivers of those with Parkinson’s as they struggle to keep up with their loved one’s care needs.

The Kensington Sierra Madre understands that sometimes resident conditions can progress and require more attention.

Let’s look at what acuity care is and how it can help those with Parkinson’s manage their condition and live full lives. 

Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.

What is the acuity level of care?

The acuity level of care refers to the intensity and complexity of medical care required by a patient based on the severity of their condition.

The acuity level for Parksinon’s Disease can vary, and it’s essential to provide the appropriate level of care to meet the individual’s needs and ensure their well-being.

Low acuity care

Low acuity care is suitable for individuals with early-stage Parkinson’s Disease or those with well-managed symptoms.

This level of care typically involves:

  • Medication management
  • Regular check-ups with a neurologist
  • Physical therapy to maintain mobility and strength
  • Occupational therapy to assist with daily activities

Moderate acuity care

As Parkinson’s Disease progresses, individuals may require moderate acuity care, which includes:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • Physical and occupational therapy sessions to address increasing mobility and functional challenges
  • Close monitoring and management of symptoms and medication side effects
  • Psychological support to cope with cognitive changes and emotional challenges

High acuity care

In advanced stages of Parkinson’s Disease, individuals may need high acuity care, which involves:

  • Around-the-clock assistance with ADLs and personal care
  • Skilled nursing care for complex medical needs, such as administering medications, managing feeding tubes, and wound care
  • Specialized therapies, like speech therapy for swallowing difficulties
  • Palliative care to manage pain and improve quality of life
  • Assistance with mobility, including transfer assistance and the use of specialized equipment

The acuity level of care required for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease can fluctuate over time, and it’s essential to regularly assess and adjust the care plan to ensure their needs are met appropriately.

Addressing caregiver burnout in Parkinson’s disease acuity care

Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease can be an overwhelming and emotionally taxing experience for you, particularly as their condition progresses and the acuity level of care increases.

As a caregiver, you are susceptible to burnout—a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion resulting from the prolonged stress of caregiving responsibilities.

Caregiver burnout can manifest in various ways, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Neglecting your own needs
  • Feelings of resentment or guilt toward your loved one

To prevent and address caregiver burnout, a multifaceted approach is necessary to support your well-being and equip you with the necessary resources to maintain your resilience.

Seeking respite care services, such as in-home care, adult day programs, or short-term stays for your loved one, can provide temporary relief, allowing you to take breaks and attend to your personal needs.

Acuity care and assisted living for Parkinson’s disease

As Parkinson’s disease progresses, many individuals and their families may find it challenging to manage the increasing care needs at home.

Assisted living communities, such as The Kensington Sierra Madre, offer a nurturing environment and suitable levels of care for those living with Parkinson’s disease.

At The Kensington Sierra Madre, residents with Parkinson’s disease benefit from a range of services and amenities designed to meet their specific needs and promote their overall well-being.

Assisted living can provide various forms of support for acuity care, including the following:

  • Personalized care plans: Each resident receives a personalized care plan tailored to their unique needs and preferences. This plan is developed in collaboration with the resident, their family, and a team of healthcare professionals such as licensed nurses and primary care partners, ensuring that the appropriate level of care is provided as the disease progresses.
  • Skilled nursing care: The Kensington Sierra Madre offers 24/7 licensed nursing services on-site in high staffing ratios, providing residents access to care professionals trained to manage the complex care needs associated with Parkinson’s disease, including medication management, mobility assistance, and specialized therapies.
  • Engaging activities and therapies: Physical, cognitive, and social activities can help individuals with Parkinson’s disease maintain their independence and quality of life. The Kensington Sierra Madre offers a variety of therapeutic activities and programs designed to improve motor skills, cognitive function, and overall well-being.
  • Safe and accessible environment: The Kensington Sierra Madre campus is designed with accessibility in mind, featuring spacious apartments, wide hallways, and easy access to common areas. This safe and secure environment can help minimize the risk of falls and other accidents, which are common concerns for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Experience personalized acuity care at The Kensington Sierra Madre

At The Kensington Sierra Madre, we understand the unique challenges faced by those living with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

From personalized care plans developed in collaboration with healthcare professionals to on-site skilled nursing care and engaging therapies—we offer a comprehensive approach to promoting independence, dignity, and quality of life.

Do not face the challenges of Parkinson’s disease by yourself.

Become a part of The Kensington Sierra Madre family and discover exceptional, personalized acuity care for your loved one.

Contact The Kensington Sierra Madre to learn more about how we can help.

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