Going to the hospital can be a difficult experience for anyone, but it can be especially challenging if your elderly loved one has Parkinson’s disease. To ensure your loved one receives the best possible care, it is important to prepare for both planned and emergency hospital stays. Here are a few tips to help keep your loved one’s hospital visit safe, brought to you by the staff at Naples Home Care Assistance.
Keep a Medication Record
The hospital needs to know what medications your loved one is on and when he or she needs to take them. Your loved oneshould keep the record with him or her at all times to ensure receiving the proper medication even when you aren’t around. Family members and caregivers should also have a copy of the medication record, constantly updating it to make certain it is current in case an emergency hospital visit occurs.
Inform the Primary Care Physician of the Visit
If your loved one has a scheduled hospital visit, notify the primary doctor beforehand. The doctor will be able to provide the hospital staff with medication information and answer any questions. In the event of an emergency hospital visit, ask the hospital staff to contact your loved one’s Parkinson’s specialist and provide updatesabout his or her hospital stay. Even if the hospital stay isn’t related to Parkinson’s, it’s important your loved one’s primary doctor remains informed.
Prepare Extra Medication
Seniors with Parkinson’s should have extra supplies of medication put together for unexpected hospital visits. Even if the hospital trip is scheduled, your loved one should bring more medication than is necessary. Sometimes hospital trips can run longer than expected, and it’s important your loved one always has access to his or her Parkinson’s medication.
Tell the Staff About the Condition
The members of the hospital staff need to know if your loved one has Parkinson’s to ensure the most effective care. Make sure every doctor and nurse treating your loved one is aware of his or her condition and medication regimen so nothing gets missed and no medications are given that would interact with Parkinson’s medications.
Even if a hospital takes amazing care of your loved one, he or she may still need daily assistance when back at home due to Parkinson’s symptoms. For Parkinson’s care in Naples you can rely on, give Home Care Assistance a call. Our caregivers can help your loved one with a variety of tasks, including mobility exercises, transportation to doctor’s appointments, and medication reminders. We back all of our services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and you’ll never be asked to sign a long-term contract. Call one of our Care Managers today at (239) 449-4701 to schedule a free in-home consultation.