Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects motor functions and in some instances, may include cognitive decline. Symptoms vary with disease stage, and can range from mild tremors to loss of movement. Although Parkinson’s has no cure, treatments can effectively alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life.
Let’s move to better health. Proper management of Parkinson’s disease requires evaluation and management of all aspects of the disease. We believe the best approach to achieve comprehensive care is a multi-disciplinary team-based approach that employs teams of medical providers who are specially trained to care for movement disorder patients.
Core Team members to Include:
- Movement Disorder Neurologist (team leader)
- Movement Disorder Nurse Practitioner
- General Medicine Nurse Practitioner
- PD-certified Case Manager
- Social Worker
- Medical Assistant
- Team Medical Clerk
Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders symptoms vary and as such, so do the patients’ needs. Parkinson’s may require lifestyle changes, management of depression, anxiety, and insomnia, falls prevention, and other related symptom management. That’s why treatment should be comprehensive and individualized with tailored regimens including rehabilitation. Comprehensive care requires the input of many partners, and coordination among providers in a patient-centered environment. The Core Team is ideally supported by a Coordination team that ensures all aspects of care within and outside the facility are arranged for and covered.
Future Coordination Team members:
- Patient Navigator
- Community Partner Coordinator
- Education Coordinator
- Hospital/Transition of Care Coordinator
Comprehensive care clinics are dedicated to the highest quality of patient care while still bridging the gaps to patient and caregiver education, social services and care coordination. Ideally, patient, family and caregiver involvement and shared decision-making enhance the total care of the patient.