What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which is characterised by both motor (movement) and non-motor symptoms
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
The four diagnostic symptoms are: tremor, bradykinesia (slowness of voluntary movements), muscle rigidity and postural instability. Other symptoms may include loss of smell, constipation, slowness in thinking, depression, fatigue, changes in speech fluency, micrographia (small handwriting), decrease in speech volume, sleep disturbances and swallowing changes.
What does the program include?
- Our team’s goal is to work with you to help you understand your condition and how you can improve your physical, breathing and vocal abilities.
- Our specialist PD Warrior® program is an exercise therapy designed to enhance movement in order to make everyday activities easier. Our exercise classes are tailored to each individual and delivered by our certified PD Warrior® clinicians. This therapy is high energy and stimulating for both body and brain.
- Our Speech Therapy in Parkinson’s disease is based on the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) principles. By focusing on the goal “Think LOUD!” you can improve breathing and control of the voice box so that speech is easier to understand.
- Music Therapy is an exciting and engaging component of our program which has been shown to have many reported benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease. Techniques such as rhythmic auditory stimulation are used to improve the quality of movement.
- Physiotherapy will help you to retrain your mobility and balance. Also you may need advice on walking aids that may help you to stay safe and reduce your risk of falls.
- Hydrotherapy sessions are also available in our heated pool.
- Occupational Therapy helps you maximise your independence in everyday tasks such as by working on dressing, getting out of the house, preparing meals, sleep and rest, thinking and memory; and fine motor skills such as handwriting.
- Clinical Psychology services are also available to support your needs as well as Dietetics if you require dietary advice.
- Education is an integral part of your program so you have a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease and know how to maintain the improvements you have made.
If you think you would benefit from the Parkinson’s program you will need a referral from your GP or treating specialist (such as your Neurologist). Inpatient referrals can be made via our website www.metrorehab.com.au or by contacting our Rehabilitation Coordinator on 0417 200 128. Day program and PD Warrior referrals can also be made via our website www.metrorehab.com.au or by contacting our Day Program Coordinator on 02 8585 4914.
Inpatient Program Details
Day Program Details
For all bookings and enquiries please contact our Day Program Coordinator on: P (02) 8585 4914
FEES & CHARGES:
MetroRehab Hospital has established contracts with all major health insurers and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. In many cases the fee is covered by the health insurer, however you should check with your fund if you have any additional charges specific to your health policy. We also cater for full fee paying patients who do not have private health insurance.