Houston Area Parkinson Society provides comprehensive services free of charge for families affected by Parkinson’s disease. They include exercise and support groups, social services, case management and referral, transportation to HAPS groups and Parkinson’s related doctor appointments, a monthly newsletter, educational information and programs, and advocacy. HAPS also provides subsidized respite care, which can be critical to chronic disease care management, and emergency financial assistance of up to $500 a year for those in need who qualify.
Therapeutic Exercise - Over 34 weekly free therapeutic exercise groups are available in 24 locations throughout eight counties in the Houston metropolitan area. Programs include land and water exercise, tai chi, tango, dance, speech therapy, music therapy and singing under the supervision of licensed occupational, physical, speech and music therapists and professional instructors.
Support Groups - HAPS provides 9 different support groups that address issues specific to the various aspects of living with and caring for someone with Parkinson’s including 3 monthly Caregiver groups, 2 monthly Patient groups, a monthly Crossroads group, a monthly Newly Diagnosed group, bi-monthly Young Onset group, and quarterly post Deep Brain Stimulation surgery discussion group facilitated by licensed master's level social workers.
Social Services - Licensed master’s level social workers also provide client assessments; information and referral to appropriate resources; individual, family and group consultations; home visits; safety checks; and case management services as needed.
Respite Care - HAPS partners with Sheltering Arms Senior Services and Home Instead Senior Care to provide trained aides to assist with activities of daily living providing relief to caregivers exhausted from the physical and emotional demands of caregiving. This assistance is subsidized for those in need on a sliding scale based on household income.
Emergency Financial Aid - Emergency financial aid up to $500 a year is available for visits to the neurologists’ appointments, medications, rent, utilities, groceries and durable medical equipment for those who qualify.
Transportation - HAPS contracts with the American Red Cross and Harris County RIDES program to provide transportation in wheelchair accessible vans to HAPS group sites and doctor's visits.
Education - HAPS provides a monthly newsletter and e-newsletter sent to 2,400 households containing news, current research and helpful information for the Parkinson's community along with educational materials and an informative website. HAPS features an annual Educational Symposium with presentations by expert speakers on the latest in research, treatment of PD and other Parkinson's related topics and HAPS presents an annual Caregivers Conference in collaboration with the VA’s Parkinson Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers in Houston—one of four such centers in the nation. HAPS also offers a Newly Diagnosed Education workshop for recently diagnosed individuals and their families and educational presentations to community organizations, agencies and staff at residential facilities throughout the year.
Advocacy – As advocates for the Parkinson community, HAPS works to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease among medical professionals, elected officials, the media and the greater community.
In 2013, HAPS made its services available to an estimated 22,000 families affected by Parkinson's throughout the eight-county area it serves in the greater Houston area.
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Houston Area Parkinson Society's program expenses were:
Social Services and consultations
Education and awareness
Total Program Expenses:
Chief Executive :
Anne Thobae, Executive Director
of the Board:
Michael Hendryx - President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Strong Pipkin Bissell Ledyard, L. L. P. - Attorney
Paid Staff Size:
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