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TULIPS Training Provides Better Understanding for Better Care to Residents with Parkinson’s

Dallas, Texas, May 27, 2018 – Parkinson’s Disease, a chronic, progressive and degenerative disease of the central nervous system is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease in America. According to parkinson.org, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Parkinson’s is also closely related to dementia. In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 50 to 80 percent of those living with Parkinson’s Disease will eventually experience memory loss or dementia as their disease progresses.

The Cottages state-of-the-art assisted living residences for people living with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders aim to provide the very best care for their residents. To this end, education and training for staff is of utmost importance. For the past seven years, The Cottages staff have participated in the TULIPS certification to better care for residents with Parkinson’s Disease.

“The TULIPS certification — Time, Understanding, Live Quality, Increased Awareness, Pills on Time and Support — assures our families that our staff have a better understanding of Parkinson’s Disease, and are able to provide the best care for their loved ones,” said Maryjane Kesler, LVN, Campus Executive Director at The Cottages at Chandler Creek in Round Rock, Texas.

The Cottages works with a home health agency to provide TULIPS training to staff who have not already received their certification. Another training is scheduled this month for new staff who are not yet TULIP-certified. The training is a one-hour in-service for staff and includes a test upon completion and covers basic knowledge of the disease, including risk factors and symptoms, sleep changes and pain control and how to assist people living with Parkinson’s with daily care needs, such as getting in and out of bed.

“Better understanding means better care, and we believe the TULIPS certification provides our staff with the knowledge and tools necessary to provide the top-notch care for our residents and peace of mind for their loved ones,” Kesler said.

About The Cottages
The Cottages is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.  The Cottage concept provides a home-like environment tailored to meet individual needs based on physical, mental and emotional needs. The Cottages offers all-inclusive pricing with no level of care charges and all care and services are included. The Cottages currently has locations in Frisco, Round Rock, League City and Amarillo, Texas. The Cottages has been operating in Texas since 1997 and is family owned and operated by The Cottages Senior Living.

Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and The Cottages difference at www.alzcottages.com.