Being Hospitalized With Parkinson's
Aware in Care Kit
This is a free kit available from the Parkinson’s Foundation. It contains helpful information for your care providers in the hospital and information you need to have available for them
Please call 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) for more information or go to
Stanford Medical and APDA
Hospitalization and PD
Most people will need to be hospitalized for one reason or another at some point in their life. This is particularly true of people with long-term illnesses, like Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Common reasons for hospital admissions from the emergency room can include infections of the urinary tract or lung (such as pneumonia), cardiac issues, injury from falls, and cognitive or dementia issues. Common reasons for non-emergency hospitalizations are elective surgeries such as knee and hip replacements.
Hospitalization can be devastating for PD patients and tremendously stressful for their caregivers for a number of reasons:
The neurologist who takes care of you and manages your PD medications may not have privileges at the hospital where you are admitted.
The physicians responsible for your care in the hospital may not know a lot about PD.
The nursing staff may not have much experience with PD patients, and for various reasons including nursing shortages and/or cuts in staffing, they are not likely to have the time to learn best PD practices while you are admitted.
If you need to undergo surgery or other invasive medical procedures, you may not be able to take any medications—including your PD meds—until the surgery or procedure is complete.
It is important for the patient and the caregiver to plan and to anticipate what is likely to happen. The combination of education and planning can alleviate many of the problems encountered in the hospital.
Hospitalization of the Parkinson's Patient-UCSF
Dr. Chad Christine
Medications to Avoid