If you are living with PD, you know the importance of having an experienced neurologist and medical team you trust. You also know how important it is to be pro-active in your own health care, which can sometimes be complicated. Here are 15 tips from the University of Cincinnati Parkinson Support & Wellness on simplifying medication management and getting the most from your health care:
- Keep your first morning medicine dose by your bed with some water.
- Count out medications for the whole day so you know if you miss a dose.
- Set an alarm on your cell phone for medications – timing of dosages is important with PD.
- Ask your doctor questions about prescribed medications so you fully understand what each does and what potential side effects and interactions with other medications might be.
- Exercise when your meds are “on” – at least on enough to allow you to exercise well.
- Be sure your care partner(s) know your medication regimen.
- Keep drugs in a safe, convenient, consistent place, but not in the bathroom.
- Write refill dates on your calendar.
- Keep a journal of what you find difficult. Share with your care partner and your doctor, who may have ideas that will help.
- Bring a travel-size plastic bottle with water to swallow medications during meetings or concerts.
- Check if refills are needed at least a week prior to traveling.
- Have your doctor write a letter for you to carry at all times detailing PD symptoms you might exhibit.
- If you would benefit by having a handicapped parking pass, talk with your doctor about completing an application.
- Place the names of your doctors, insurance company, emergency contact and medication regimen in your wallet or purse.
- Traveling by plane? Contact the TSA before your departure to notify the staff when you will be coming for a disabilities security check. If you have had DBS, tell the guard you have a medical implant.
At Assisting Hands of Columbus, you’ll find well-qualified, reliable care. You’ll start with one of our highly qualified nurses, who will create a comprehensive plan of care, and work to match you with the most compatible home care professional – we have more than 200 caregivers on staff, enabling us to meet your needs. From respite care to 24/7 caregiving, Assisting Hands of Columbus is there for you.