Parkinson's disease may be difficult to diagnose and requires skill to manage it in order for the patient to attain optimum health. MPF is committed to providing access for physicians and health care professionals to educational programs geared to enhancing their knowledge and skill in dealing with this complex condition.
The Michigan Parkinson Foundation and the Michigan Parkinson Initiative conduct programs for health professionals to assist them in learning more about Parkinson's disease and the care and management of people affected by this complex disorder. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Michigan Parkinson Foundation at (248) 433-1011 or (800) 852-9781 or click here.
Multidisciplinary Second Opinion Clinics, which may be conducted during the summer months, is the opportunity for physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and nurses to attend the clinics to learn first hand about this multidisciplinary approach.
For further information, contact MPF at (800) 852-9781 or click here.
Training of Staff in Extended Care Facilities
A program is currently under development to provide programs to staff in nursing homes and other extended care facilities. MPF is seeking interested volunteer nurses and family members who would be willing to participate in a training program to enable them to go on site to instruct nursing home staff. Please contact the MPF office at (800)852-9781 to inquire about volunteer opportunities and/or scheduling a training session at your facility.
Care of the Parkinsonian in Nursing Home
The Michigan Parkinson Foundation also has a 45 minute videotaped program which provides the basics about care of the person with Parkinson's in a nursing home. The program was produced in 1990, but concepts are still valid. Content includes the following:
- What is Parkinson's disease
- Medication Management
- Altered nutrition
The tape and accompanying materials can be purchased by contacting the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. Call (800) 852-9781 or click here.