Valerie came to Exemplar Health Care with very challenging behaviour and severe self-neglect. In addition to Huntington’s disease, Valerie was severely underweight, had underlying mental health needs. Encouraged to expand her surroundings, she began spending time in the garden and leaving the home for visits. Valerie is now enjoying a true quality of life.
From changes in mood through to lack of drive, difficulties with speech or swallowing and involuntary movements, we pride ourselves on a unique understanding of the symptoms of this complex condition, and we devote ourselves to reducing the impact on people’s lives.
Communication difficulties are overcome with support from community speech and language therapists, with assistive technologies and equipment for managing communication, safety and comfort. Special care is given to food, with high calorie diets used to prevent weight loss and modified diets developed to reduce the risks associated with swallowing.
As the condition progresses, so does our level of care. Nursing teams are flexible with their approach, adapting their skills and experience to suit specific situations and needs.
Exemplar Health Care has provided John with fantastic care over the last couple of years and are able to give him the support needed in a specialist environment and make sure his care is of the highest quality, even to the point of undertaking additional training in order to be able to accommodate all of John’s specific medical needs, some of which can be life threatening. Having that additional support has made a huge difference to our lives.
Joanne, wife of John
We know that Parkinson’s disease can affect people in different ways and at different speeds. And our individual approach is sensitive to the unique needs of each person.
Whether symptoms are physical; such as tremors, swallowing difficulties and balance issues, or related to mental health such as anxiety, depressions and hallucinations, our expert team can adapt their skills to suit each situation.
As always, it all starts with a personal assessment, which provides a platform for creating a tailored care plan designed to alleviate discomfort and enhance quality of life.