Specialist Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) is a purpose built facility designed to deliver a multidisciplinary assessment and treatment to patients with Parkinson’s disease, falls and generalised long term conditions.
Following initial assessment by a consultant, patients will be seen for one hour each by a nurse, physiotherapist and occupational therapist. A personalised care plan will be put together and ongoing treatment and support provided.
People are referred to this service if they have had one or more falls in the last six months as well as other factors such as problems with continence, mobility, fear of falling again and confidence issues.
This service aims to assess why you are falling and/or are unsteady, to do this you will be assessed by a team of health professionals, please read on for a more detailed description.
The aim of the centre is to assess and help you with the problems you have and to enable you to keep as independent as possible.
You should be prepared to answer lots of questions and explain and discuss your problems or concerns. You may be asked to demonstrate how you walk or get out of a chair etc. You should expect to have a physical examination.
When attending for your first appointment it is usual to be expected to stay the whole day, lunch will be provided. This may be split into two days if this is too long for you, please refer to your appointment letter for more details. Your carer may attend with you on the first visit.
This service is usually offered to people aged 60-years-old and over.
Patients receive a multidisciplinary assessment and intervention by a multidisciplinary team rather than a single discipline.
The aim of this being to avoid hospital admissions and maintain independent living.
We have been awarded the status of 'Centre of Excellence' by the US National Parkinson's Foundation, making us one of only two in the United Kingdom to achieve this status.
People will be referred to this service by Consultants or the Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist following a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease or Parkinsonism.
Patients attend a multidisciplinary review with a consultation with a doctor or nurse specialist. Patients are reviewed at least annually.