Home Instead reaches Parkinson’s training milestone

As we recognise World Parkinson’s Day (April 11th 2022) we are delighted to share the news that a year on from announcing our groundbreaking partnership with national charity Parkinson’s UK, we have reached a key milestone.  

Over the past 12 months, 100 Home Instead offices have received specialist Parkinson’s training.

The partnership with Parkinson’s UK created a bespoke training programme that would arm our Care Professionals and office teams with the knowledge and skills to provide tailored care to clients who have received a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

To date a total of 500 people have benefited from training - 150 of our Key Players and 350 Care Professionals.

Speaking about the partnership, Home Instead UK CEO Martin Jones said, “We are always looking for ways to improve the care we deliver and make it as tailored as we can to meet the needs of our clients and their families.

“The partnership with Parkinson’s UK has enabled us to develop a new specialism and empower our Care Professionals whilst also giving them a transferable skill.

“In the years to come, we will receive more and more care in our homes and many thousands of people will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Arming Care Professionals with the skills now to deal with what can be a complex condition is, therefore, vitally important.”

Ghalib Ullah, Head of Commercial Partnerships at Parkinson’s UK, said, “It’s fantastic that so many Care Professionals have been upskilled and provided with the right tools and information through the training, to help them deliver better care to people living with Parkinson’s. Tailored support for individuals and their families is so important as the condition affects people differently and there can often be complex symptoms to manage and live with.”

Through the partnership we are also sharing our knowledge of the social care and home care sectors with Parkinson’s UK, offering them a valuable insight into the difference home care can make and how people’s homes can provide a safe place for people living with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

In conclusion, Martin said, “We want people to be able to live their life well at home, where they feel most comfortable. This is absolutely possible for someone who is living with Parkinson’s.

“Our Care Professionals are keen to learn new skills and put them to use in their work and I am delighted that we have made such progress over the last year.”