Services & Programs

Respite Care (In Home & Adult Day Care) & Lifeline

For each of these programs, qualifying participants may pay a portion of the cost while the St. Louis APDA will pay a portion. This cost is dependent on income. In order to be eligible to enroll in the shared cost respite program and/or Lifeline, you must pay an annual registration fee of $25.00. A note must be received from the client’s physician confirming the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease and stating that respite care or Lifeline would be beneficial for the patient and their care partner.

Respite Care Program

Respite care provides the full-time caregiver some “time out” to relax and take care of his or her personal needs, and at the same time offers quality care for the person with Parkinson’s disease. For respite care, the caregiver can either receive in home or adult day care. In home services consist of non-medical services and may include assistance with personal care (bathing, dressing, hygiene), ambulation assistance, meal preparation, meal assistance, companionship, safety supervision, medication reminders and light housekeeping. The other respite option for the caregiver is use of adult day care. Not only does adult day care provide respite for the caregiver, it provides an added benefit of socialization for the person with Parkinson’s.

Respite Care Information & Guidelines

Emergency Medical Alert System (Lifeline)

Lifeline is an easy-to-use personal response service that ensures that older adults living alone get quick assistance whenever it is needed-24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Emergency monitoring provides safety, security and peace of mind. Eliminate the anxiety of falling or having a medical emergency without anyone knowing. When you need help, you just press the waterproof Personal Help Button you wear as a pendant or wristband. Within seconds, a certified Lifeline monitor responds, assesses the situation and summons appropriate help, whether it is a neighbor, relative or ambulance. This program is for individuals living on their own. The St. Louis Chapter APDA will arrange for the installation and will pay the cost of the monthly monitoring fee if income is less than $80,000 per year.

Please call the Center at (314) 362-3299 for income guidelines and application if interested in the respite care program or Lifeline.

The following patient services are offered to our members without charge due to the generosity of individual donors, corporate sponsors, receipt of grants and fundraising efforts of the Chapter.

Aquatic Exercise Classes

Special water exercise classes for people with PD focus on increased comfort, improving balance, increased range of motion, strengthen and tone muscles, improve functional mobility, improved quality of life, and decrease feelings of isolation. Sessions last for one hour and run for a 10 week session, one time per week.

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Exercise Classes

Special exercise classes for people with PD focus on improving balance, posture, functional mobility, and self-help skills.

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Support Groups

Monthly support groups offer PD patients and their caregivers the opportunity to exchange thoughts and share concerns and solutions to problems. A special group is designed for those under the age 50.

Wellness Classes

Wellness classes are a series of six-week classes for small groups of people with PD and their family members. The class helps them develop skills and confidence in managing their everyday activities and relationships that may be challenging when living with PD.

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