Portuguese Innovation for Parkinson’s Rehabilitation

Care IQ is delighted to announce an exciting collaboration with Medical Port and Campus Neurológico Sénior, to develop the opportunity for British and Irish people living with Parkinson’s to engage with a ground-breaking and dynamic solution to rehab and learning in Portugal. This is the latest innovative enterprise to emerge from Care IQ’s Launch IQ catapult framework.

Medical Port, a specialist Portuguese health and medical travel organisation, has been working successfully with Campus Neurológico Sénior, a bespoke neurological facility based in the countryside, just North of Lisbon, to offer pioneering services to people affected by Parkinson’s in Europe and Africa. The collaboration with Care IQ now opens this opportunity to the UK and Ireland.

Belén de Vicente, CEO of Medical Port, commented, “It was very important for us to be able to bring an innovative service to the UK and Ireland markets that perfectly fits the explicit and implicit needs of our clients. Care IQ was instrumental in helping us establish this tailored offering: their structured approach gave us the confidence to go ahead with this venture, and offer a service that we hope will improve the long-term wellbeing of numerous British and Irish people with Parkinson’s.”

Campus Neurológico Sénior represents a hub of outstanding clinical expertise led by Professor Joaquim Ferreira, an eminent specialist in Parkinson’s and the European Director of the International Society for Parkinson’s Disease. The Campus provides week long intensive and personalised residential programmes for both people living with Parkinson’s and their carers…a chance to undertake holistic rehabilitation and education towards the future management of the condition and enjoy a holiday at the same time.

The Campus delivers many evidence-based therapeutic interventions ranging from LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG Programmes to Hydrotherapy Bad Ragaz & Halliwick and Adapted Parkinson Boxing Aerobics.  This structured initiative aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of how exercise can prevent a decline in daily functions, and delivers a tailored home-based plan for continued benefits to be realised.

David Lees, Care IQ’s UK Director of Service Delivery said, “We are very happy to be supporting Medical Port and Campus Neurológico Sénior to open the opportunity to the UK and Ireland. The programme offers an innovative combination of what people with Parkinson’s need most: on the one hand a break away from it all, and on the other hand focused exercises and education that will bring added value for months and years afterwards.”

More information can be found in this leaflet.