Preparing for Hospitalizations when you have Parkinson’s

Are you aware of the Aware in Care Program by the Parkinson Foundation?

In the webinar Aware in Care Information Session: Helping individuals with Parkinson’s disease stay safe while in the hospital hear from Aware in Care Ambassadors and LSVT® Certified therapists Maria Allen, PT and Michelle Haub, SLP about this wonderful resource available to people living with Parkinson Disease (PD).

Did you know?

  • There are more than 3 million hospitalizations of people with PD every year in the US.
  • 3 out of every 4 people hospitalized with PD are likely to end up with complications.
  • The #1 reason for complications is due to medication issues: Not getting them on time, not getting them at all or receiving substitutions of different medications by the hospital pharmacy.
  • Because of these complications, many people with PD end up being discharged to a nursing home after hospitalization instead of being able to return directly home.

What is the Aware in Care program?

A program developed by the Parkinson Foundation which focuses on helping people with PD to be able to better advocate for themselves when unexpected or planned hospital visits occur. It assists people with PD to understand the risks associated with hospital stays and have tools to play an active role in their care. The goal is to have a plan to get the best possible care while in the hospital.

What’s in the Aware in Care Kit?

  • The Hospital Action Plan: 6 steps to get the best quality care while in the hospital
  • Medication Form: Keep updated with your dosage and schedule
  • Medical Alert Card – keep in your wallet
  • Alert Bracelet
  • Refrigerator Magnet
  • Fact Sheet for Nurses
  • Duopa Information Card
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Information Card

Watch this NEW On Demand Webinar to hear all about this and much, much more!