When Sun Valley Lodge in Sun City, Arizona wanted to educate their staff about caring for residents and patients with Parkinson disease, they turned to PMD Alliance to receive their CPDC™ Accreditation.

CPDC (Certified Parkinson Disease Care)™, is a PMD Alliance program designed to enhance the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s in long-term care facilities and services. While providing facility-wide staff education focused on specifics of daily care, this program is held online so facilities can participate regardless of where they are located.

For Sun Valley Lodge,  staff members attended, two, 1-hour training sessions to complete the accreditation. In addition to nurses and caregivers, cooks and food servers, receptionists, housekeepers, and all managers participated.

red and beige sign near plants for Sun Valley Lodge
They learned about factors in providing daily care such as:
  • Motor and non-motor symptoms and treatments
  • The importance of medication management and timing
  • Techniques to effectively assist residents and patients with PD
  • Ways in which staff members can help assure that the person with Parkinson’s receives the comfort and attention they need to live optimally despite the disease

“The CPDC accreditation from PMD Alliance means our community was vetted and met stringent requirements to care for those with Parkinson disease. Our residents can feel free to move around our community knowing that more than 80 percent of our entire staff know and understand the complexity of their disease.”

 

Michael Fahey, Executive Director of Sun Valley Lodge

For more information on Sun Valley Lodge – in Sun City, Arizona, please visit their website at www.sunvalleylodge.org or call at (623) 933-0137.

We’re always happy to talk about ways we can help people with Parkinson’s and movement disorders and those who care for them. If you live or work in a long-term care facility or with a care service and would like to know more about CPDC, please contact Judy Talley, Director, CPDC, at judy@pmdalliance.org.

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