Right at Home recently hosted 15 of our care aides for a live, interactive webinar training about Parkinson’s Disease. The continuing education webinar entitled, “Ensuring Quality Care for those with Parkinson’s, in the hospital and beyond” was presented by Anita McCoy, a Nurse Practitioner with John Hopkins’ Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center. The one-hour webinar was sponsored by Right at Home and the American Society of Aging.
The presentation was a comprehensive review of the etiology, signs, symptoms and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It explored the risks associated with hospital stays for this vulnerable population and reviewed tools that could play an active role in their care. The webinar explained how to prepare an individual with Parkinson’s Disease and/or their care partner for an unplanned hospital visit, and how to develop strategies for the best care possible during an inpatient stay.
Right at Home aides who attended this training were able to:
- Describe the risks associated with hospital stays for those with Parkinson’s
- List strategies to ensure quality care for patients with Parkinson’s
- List techniques Parkinson’s patients can use in self-advocacy
- Identify resources to help patient’s with Parkinson’s continue quality care at home
The presenter, Anita McCoy, in addition to her role as a nurse practitioner with the John Hopkin’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center, is also the coordinator of the John Hopkin’s Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, which allows her to play an active role in community outreach and education.
Upon the completion of the 1-hour webinar, Right at Home President Doug Dickstein hosted a round table session with all attendees to discuss different challenges and creative solutions they’ve had when working with patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. This also allowed the care aides to ask questions of Dickstein about this and any questions they might have.
“It’s great that so many showed up to this presentation,” stated Right at Home Training and Compliance Manager Vanessa Linares. “It shows the dedication our care aides have in improving their knowledge and skills as care aides.”
Over 3 million people worldwide have Parkinson’s Disease with approximately 60,000 diagnosed each year. Right at Home is a leader in providing in-home care for those afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease and is a national sponsor of Moving Day, a fundraising event that benefits the Parkinson’s Foundation. On November 16th, Right at Home will be out in force at Moving Day Los Angeles from 8:30am-12:00pm at Los Angeles Historic State Park. For more information about the event, please visit https://bit.ly/310f5Ff.