The Parkinson’s Foundation launched the Aware in Care campaign in 2011 to help people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) get the best care possible during a hospital stay. Research has found that three out of four people with Parkinson’s do not receive medications on time when staying in the hospital, and that people with PD in the hospital have a 1 in 4 chance of complications because of medication errors. With more frequent hospital visits and a high sensitivity to the timing and dosing of PD medications, people with Parkinson’s face great risks in the hospital.
At the Parkinson’s Foundation, it is our mission to help people with Parkinson’s disease live better lives, and that includes staying safe while in the hospital. We want to help people affected by PD to be “Aware in Care,” which means they:
- Understand the risks associated with hospital stays.
- Have tools to play an active role in their care.
- Are prepared for a hospital visit, whether planned or unplanned.
- Have a plan to get the best possible care in the hospital.
We also encourage neurology and movement disorder clinics, as well as other healthcare providers who treat people with PD, to order a “demo kit” to share with their patients. Learn more about how to use the kit as a professional who works in the Parkinson's community here.