Oklahoma has an estimated 15,000 people with Parkinson’s disease, but only one community that provides care specifically for those individuals. Saint Simeon’s Senior Community has been a forerunner in senior care in the Tulsa area. It was one of the first senior communities in Tulsa when it opened in 1960, and it opened the first memory center in the area in 1994.
It is a natural fit, then, that Saint Simeon’s is now proud to offer Parkinson’s care.
With endorsements from the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma and the American Parkinson Disease Association – Oklahoma Chapter, Saint Simeon’s has officially unveiled its Parkinson’s care as of April 3, 2017, in conjunction with April being Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
Saint Simeon’s nursing staff and therapy team has received Parkinson’s education and training on the disease process, including symptom management and medication regiments, as well as the benefits of therapeutic exercise and its positive effect in potentially slowing down the effects of Parkinson’s. Members of Saint Simeon’s staff have undergone training in PWR! Moves and SpeakOut!, Parkinson’s-specific skill training programs to maintain or restore skills that may have deteriorated.
Jim Langdon, publisher of Tulsa People magazine and member of Saint Simeon’s Board of Trustees, remembers what it was like when his mother, who had a Parkinson’s-related disease, moved in to Saint Simeon’s. “I’m so happy that those with a Parkinson’s-related disease now have somewhere to go. Saint Simeon’s is stepping forward with specialized training and therapy equipment.”
Through a generous donation from the Founders of Doctors’ Hospital, Saint Simeon’s added equipment in their Wellness Center specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s. The equipment includes:
- Core Stix, fiberglass sticks attached to a standing platform which provide a safe and effective way to strengthen the core muscles needed for postural support and function. Specific to the senior/rehab population, these devices provide a means of practicing chair stands, squats, and balancing exercises.
- SCIFIT Recumbent Bike, attached to four core sticks stations, creating a "cluster" for neurobics exercise (exercising the brain and body simultaneously).
- Glide Track Unweighting System, an unweighting harness used on our existing treadmill. Unweighted walking enables neurological patients to walk longer and more comfortably, allowing for gait corrections, increased speed and smoothness, longer sessions, and enhanced neurological recovery.
- WaterFit Trampoline, an aquatic trampoline that uses water as a form of natural resistance to strengthen abdominal muscles and improve balance. The WaterFit Trampoline is used in Saint Simeon’s warm water, saline pool.
Saint Simeon’s will be holding an Open House for anyone interested in finding out more about its Parkinson’s Care on Friday, May 5 from 3:30-5:30 at Saint Simeon’s Smith Conference Room at 3701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Tulsa.
Additionally, Saint Simeon’s is committed to helping caregivers of those with Parkinson’s disease. The community is partnering with the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma to host its annual Caregiver Luncheon on August 25 and also plans to soon incorporate a regular caregiver support group.
To find out more about the Parkinson’s Care offered at Saint Simeon’s, call 918-794-1900.