Encouraged by the positive outcomes of DayBreak’s injury prevention training program at the Hong Fook ADHC/CBAS centers in Oakland, DayBreak’s model was presented at the California PT Association conference in 2014 and at the American PT Association national conference in February 2015. The model represents a partnership between DayBreak and Kaiser Permanente’s Neuro-PT residency program. The PT residents,Michael Castillo and Kathleen Parafinczuk, along with DayBreak’s PT contractor, provided training sessions to center staff and family caregivers, teaching body mechanics and demonstrating evidence-based fall prevention exercises to benefit center participants. They also provided one-on-one consultations for staff and a professional development training for PT’s and OT’s in the Daybreak network, translating recent research into practical strategies for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
(This article was published in DayBreak Adult Care Centers’ newlsetter.)