The Parkinson's Rehabilitation Program at Beaumont is individually designed to meet the needs of the person with Parkinson's disease. Individuals with Parkinson's disease are taught strategies and steps to help them cope with movement problems and to enhance performance and safety.
Parkinson's is a chronic and progressive movement disorder which is a result of the loss of a neurotransmitter chemical in the brain called dopamine. The movement, speech and swallowing problems can interfere with safety and ability to perform activities of daily living.
Treatment is based on the physician's recommendations and the individual's functional needs.
The program may include one or more of the following therapies or services:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech-language pathology
- Social work
- Community resources
- Support groups
- Activities and exercises designed specifically for strength, flexibility and general fitness
- Body mechanics and posture
- Fall prevention
- Functional activities and safety
- Movement strategies for walking and daily activities
- Vocal volume and speech articulation
- Cognition and memory
- Swallowing techniques
- Support for care partners
- Adaptive equipment, assistive devices and environmental modifications