Specialized Care for those with Parkinson’s Disease
Saint Simeon’s is proud to introduce Parkinson’s Care for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Saint Simeon’s staff has received new Parkinson’s education and training and added state-of-the-art therapy equipment, designed specifically for treatment of those with Parkinson’s. Saint Simeon’s is committed to providing a higher quality of life for those in need of specialized Parkinson’s disease care.
Saint Simeon’s Parkinson’s Care is endorsed by the American Parkinson Disease Association – Oklahoma Chapter and the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma.
Saint Simeon’s nursing staff and therapy team have received Parkinson’s education and training on the disease process, including symptom management and medication regimens, as well as the benefits of therapeutic exercise and its positive effect in potentially slowing down the effects of Parkinson’s disease. Several staff members have undergone training in PWR! Moves and SpeakOut!, Parkinson’s-specific skill training programs to maintain or restore skills that may have deteriorated.
Saint Simeon’s Parkinson’s program has a strong emphasis on neurobic exercise. Dr. Mary Nole, our Wellness Consultant, leads our Parkinson’s residents in one-on-one exercises three times a week. Saint Simeon’s has many pieces of equipment in their Wellness Center specifically for those individuals in need of Parkinson’s disease care. 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.