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NYU Langone Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center Launches Interdisciplinary Medical Home Visit Program

The NYU Langone Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center (PMDC) has launched a new Interdisciplinary Medical Home Visit Program, aimed at improving health outcomes for patients with advanced Parkinson’s.

Quality measures for the care of patients with Parkinson’s emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary care. Yet, for many patients with advanced Parkinson’s, it is difficult to travel to clinic appointments. This reduces their access to necessary outpatient care and can lead to confusion about medication regimens, unresolved clinical concerns, and an increase in hospital visits.

To address this problem, the PMDC brings world-class medical treatment, psychosocial support, and health education right to a patient’s home. Our interdisciplinary care team includes a neurologist, a nurse, and a social worker. Together, they provide comprehensive, proactive, in-home patient care with the goals of:

  • Enhancing safety
  • Increasing access to care
  • Maximizing  independence and function
  • Reducing hospitalizations
  • Decreasing caregiver strain
  • Improving quality of life for both the patient and the caregiver

Improving access to in-home and caregiver support is crucial in helping patients with Parkinson’s remain in their homes for as long as they wish.

“With the Home Visit Program, we have provided specialized, in-home Parkinson’s care and developed personalized treatment plans for more than 40 patients this year who otherwise would not have had access to these services,” said Alessandro Di Rocco, MD, Chief of the Division of Movement Disorders and Director of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center at NYU Langone. “There is a point when patients reach a level of disability that prevents them from coming to the clinic. Many become homebound, they miss appointments, and their care suffers. This is a burden on the patients and their caregivers, and can result in the patient developing complications or having to become institutionalized. With the Home Visit Program, we come to truly understand our patient’s environment and needs, and help them to improve their quality of life.”

The hope is that after participating in the Home Visit Program, a participant’s quality of life will improve which will also decrease the number of hospital visits, hospital admissions, and rates of admission to long-term care institutions. The program also aims to decrease caregiver strain and improve patient satisfaction.

If you are interested in learning more about this groundbreaking program, please contact program coordinator Meghan Sweeney, LMSW at 646-501-9241.

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