We are uniquely qualified to care for those who have the movement, behavioral and cognitive disorders associated with Huntington’s Disease (HD). Our team of healthcare providers is specially trained to care for HD patients, offering an interdisciplinary approach to treatment.
We aggressively address the challenges of HD including:
Through our program, we manage the advancing symptoms of the movement disorder and accommodate the deficits of the cognitive disorder by adapting the environment and establishing routines. Particular attention is given to the emotional disorders, primarily depression, that runs throughout the course of HD.
Our nursing, dietary, rehabilitation and maintenance departments work together to ensure that HD residents receive the specialized equipment they need including customized beds, individually designed wheelchairs and seating systems, and assistive devices. We offer a full menu of Pasticcio cuisine for residents whose impaired swallowing requires a modified-texture diet.
We offer a wealth of age-appropriate activities for residents and a structured routine each day consisting of classes, supervised periods and meals, including:
A typical day begins with breakfast followed by a morning gathering where current events are reviewed and group projects and outings are planned. A period of exercise follows. After lunch, there is a class that covers a wide range of interests. Additionally, we offer daily “Snack Club” and “Nite-Time Nosh,” key activities to address the ongoing challenge of weight loss.
Our rehabilitation therapists work closely with caregivers to help our HD residents maintain independence in speech, communication skills and eating. We closely monitor residents for swallowing difficulties and begin appropriate rehabilitation therapy and exercises.
Because physical mobility can be affected by HD, we offer physical therapy interventions to help minimize frustration and treat the impaired balance which can often be a symptom of HD.
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