Our passionate team is focused on maximising choice, independence and wellbeing for people living with Parkinson’s and other movement and neurological conditions.
Our Occupational Therapists’ goals are to enable our clients to engage independently and safely in meaningful activities of daily life. Our OTs can also assist you with NDIS and My Aged Care applications and help you develop a wellbeing plan based on your goals.
Counselling is available to people living with Parkinson’s and their families/primary support person and can be face-to-face or via telehealth. We provide counselling sessions for PLWP, their carers and families to explore issues such as loss and adjustment, relationships, understanding guilt and anger, building confidence and self-esteem.
THRF Group – Parkinson’s is a certified delivery partner of the Be Well program, a spin-out of the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre. Be Well is a flexible mental health program, that can be tailored to the needs of individuals and groups, is supported by technology and, more importantly, has real impact.
The Clinical Nurse Consultant is available to assist clients with advice, education and information on lifestyle modifications, medication management and other interventions that would support living well with Parkinson’s.
It is estimated that approximately more than 80% of people with Parkinson’s experience speech or swallowing difficulties. Speech pathologists are allied health professionals that have specialist knowledge with providing diagnosis and intervention to speech and swallowing disorders.
Support and Education groups are friendly and welcoming groups which provide a forum for social contact, support and learning. Friends, family members and carers are welcome to attend. Many people find that support groups help them cope with the day-to-day realities of living with Parkinson’s. The opportunity to swap stories and share resources can be truly therapeutic.
Exercise benefits all people with Parkinson’s, regardless of how long you have been living with the condition. The precise benefits of exercise are dependent on the type of exercise you undertake and how far Parkinson’s has progressed. Dance, exercise and boxing groups designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s are popular. We have a range of groups listed in metro and regional South Australia to connect with.
Support built around your individual interests and goals. You will spend time with friends and like-minded people learning skills, doing activities you enjoy and exploring new experiences. Many people with Parkinson’s turn to recreational pursuits with great success and enjoy the therapeutic effects and satisfaction such activities can bring. Activities can also be therapeutic, such as photography, jewellery making or working with fabric or ceramics. As individuals, we all respond to different stimuli, so you may like to try a variety of activities to see what works for you both therapeutically and artistically.
Support groups are also available for people with other specific movement disorders:
Atypical Parkinson’s (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP))
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)
Cortico-Basal Degeneration (CBD)
and Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
Other specialised groups include Carers’ groups, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) group, Men’s group, Women with Parkinson’s and a 20s – 50s group designed to help make meaningful social connections, engage in important dialogue, explore useful education and resources and build long-lasting friendships..