New Parkinson’s Home Care Service Launched in Yorkshire

Friday, 01st August 2014

Published 01 August 2014.

Carefound Home Care has launched a new specialist service to support people living with Parkinson’s in their own homes in North Yorkshire.

Carefound Home Care staff attend Understanding Parkinson’s Workshop

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that affects motor skills, speech and other functions. There are about 127,000 people with Parkinson’s in the UK today – that’s one person in every 500.

Carefound Home Care has worked with the leading charity, Parkinson’s UK, to establish this new service ensuring that it is based on genuine expertise and the latest best practice guidance. Theirprofessional home carers all receive specialist training from Parkinson’s UK, including understanding and supporting symptoms such as speech problems, slowness of movement, tremors and reduced mobility. They also receive separate training in medication management ensuring that they are competent in supporting clients’ personalised medication regimes.

Oliver Stirk, Director of Carefound Home Care, commented:

“Retaining choice and control is hugely important for somebody living with Parkinson’s and for many the desire to remain at home in the community is key. However, achieving this often requires a truly specialist, personalised approach which includes joint working with GPs, district nurses, physiotherapists and other health and social care professionals. The training our team receives from Parkinson’s UK ensures we are able to provide this.”

“We believe that our new Parkinson’s care at home service meets the need for a more focused approach to the condition and is available to families on either an hourly or 24-hour live in basis throughout the Harrogate, Ripon, Wetherby and North Leeds area.”

Gail Creswick, Education and Training Officer at Parkinson’s UK, commented:

“Health and social care professionals can make a big difference to the quality of life for somebody living with Parkinson’s – both directly and for the carers around them. It’s great to be able to support Carefound Home Care in delivering our Parkinson’s training to their home care team which covers both the practical and emotional issues of daily life with the condition.”

Carefound Home Care is an award-winning provider of home care and dementia care services to elderly people in Yorkshire, enabling clients to continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable. Services can include anything from basic domestic support, companionship, personal care, medication help through to supporting people with more complex conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s. The flexible service is available from 1 hour to 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, on both an hourly or 24-hour live in care basis.

To contact Carefound Home Care in Harrogate call: 01423 774070, for Ripon call: 01765 530000, for Wetherby call: 01937 220200. For additional information please visit: