Huntington's disease care

Huntington's disease (which used to be known as Huntington's Chorea) is a hereditary disorder, which means it can be passed down from parents to children through a faulty gene. The disease damages nerve cells in the brain, leading to a gradual deterioration in muscle coordination and cognitive ability. Most people start to show symptoms in middle age, and it tends to be the physical problems they notice first – such as clumsiness or involuntary movements.

As Huntington's disease progresses, it causes a wide range of physical, mental and emotional changes – from mobility problems to difficulty speaking and swallowing; and from depression and mood swings to dementia.

Although there is currently no cure for Huntington's disease, there are many ways to manage the symptoms and help sufferers to maintain their independence and quality of life – such as speech therapy for speech and swallowing problems, and a special diet to maintain body weight and ensure good nutrition.

The Meadows Care Centre at Badby Park specialises in supporting people with neurological disorders like Huntington's, offering dedicated nursing and care in a purpose-designed environment - including spacious and comfortable rooms, an enclosed courtyard and a beautifully landscaped sensory walled garden. Our multi-disciplinary care team develops an individual care pathway for each patient, in close consultation with families and carers. This will include a varied programme of stimulating activities and therapies - indoor and outdoor - designed to promote as full a life as possible.

If you want to discuss a family member or loved one who is suffering from Huntington's, or would like some advice, or to book a visit, our clinical advisors would be more than happy to talk to you. Call us on 01327 301041 between 9am and 5pm, or email us on We are easily accessible from the South East, London and the Midlands.

About Badby Park

Badby Park is a unique nursing care facility set in beautiful parkland, easily accessible from major transport links. We provide rehabilitation, long term care, respite and palliative care for people with neurological illnesses, acquired brain injuries and spinal injuries. Our residents who are Huntington sufferers, have come to us locally but also from across the country - the South East, Midlands and East of England.