Prepare in Advance for a Hospital Visit

At some point or another, people with Parkinson’s may end up needing to go to a hospital.

Save time and worry by preparing an emergency hospital bag in advance.

Prepare in Advance

At some point or another, people with Parkinson’s may end up needing to go to a hospital. Save time and worry by preparing an emergency hospital bag in advance.

What to Bring:

  • A current list of all of your medications for Parkinson’s and other conditions and your schedule (dosage and timing) for taking them.
  • Actual medications in their original containers and instructions about how you take them — for example, with water, with or without food, a list of phone numbers for your doctors, family members and friends.
  • A list of your particular PD symptoms and any activities with which you need help (for example, dressing or turning over in bed).
  • If you are participating in a clinical trial, bring information describing it.
  • A list of your allergies.
  • A letter from your doctor saying that you can take your own PD medications if hospitalized.
  • A letter from your doctor listing the medications that should NOT be taken by a person with PD.
  • Copies of legal documents, including your health care proxy and living will.
  • If you’ve had DBS, information about your device (call Medtronic Patient Services at 800-510-6735).