A new project which will see people wear a smartwatch-like device known as a Personal Kinetigraph is aiming to revolutionise Parkinson’s care.
Developing Home-based Parkinson’s Care will focus on co-designing a new service to help Parkinson’s patients, carers and healthcare staff monitor a person’s condition remotely.
It is hoped the project, led by the University of Plymouth and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHPNT), will ensure care remains person-centred, while improving the wellbeing of healthcare staff.
The key aim is to bring together necessary stakeholders to co-design the service.
One of the main focuses will see patients use a wrist-worn device known as a Personal Kinetigraph (PKG®) to help them and a specialist team monitor their condition at home.
The service will also deliver an education package, letting people know how to ensure the service works best for them, as well as providing the knowledge they need to manage their Parkinson’s symptoms better themselves and ‘live well’ with Parkinson’s.
It is also hoped the service will work better for healthcare staff, removing some of the frustrations and isolation of working in the current system and resulting in enhanced wellbeing.