Patient Assistance

Communicating
With Your Doctor
– MyChart

The best way to communicate with your doctor between appointments is to send a message through the MyChart portal.

If you’re not sure how to set up your account, or have questions about how to use it, please refer to https://www.inova.org/patients-visitors/mychart/faq.

Hospital Care

Please click here to view our PowerPoint slides from our February 2022 conference on the topic of Hospitalization & Parkinson’s.

When patients are in hospital, they are under the care of the hospital team. We’ve created a letter for you to share with your hospital medical providers with some basic information about Parkinson’s medications, and our contact info, to encourage them to consult with our team before making any changes to the patient’s medications.

Please download our letter and share with your medical providers in hospital and/or in rehabilitation. You can include it to your Parkinson’s Foundation Aware in Care Kit.

Patient Support Programs

When paying for your medications at the pharmacy, you may find that the amount you’re being asked to pay is substantial. If that’s the case, please contact our office at 703-845-1500 and we can help you to reduce the cost.

Pharmaceutical companies also offer Patient Support Programs that can assist you.

Delirium vs. Dementia

DELIRIUM comes on swiftly, possibly over one to two days, and symptoms can also vary considerably throughout the day. It mainly affects attention.
Can be caused by acute illness, and is reversible.

DEMENTIA is a gradual neurodegenerative process, and is generally not reversible. It mainly affects memory.

Managing a Healthcare Crisis

Heather Suri BSN RN CMC gave a talk on this topic in August 2022. Here’s her PowerPoint:

Legal documents

In her talk, Heather talks about certain legal documents that you will need to prepare. If you’d like to learn more about how an elder law attorney can help you, please click here to view webinars on the Positive Aging website.

Other resources are:
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
National POLST for Portable Medical Orders

Discussion with Emergency Room Physician Brittany A. Lamb, MD

Hosted by Positive Aging Sourcebook on 24 August 2022.

Get an insiders perspective on life in the Emergency Room and how we can plan, prepare, and adapt for ourselves, our loved ones and our clients

  • Learn how to make a plan for their care in advance, so you can act instead of react.
  • Know you made the best choices you could in the situations you were given. 
  • Gain control over the decisions you must make that will affect their life and yours.

Brittany Lamb, MD
Website: https://blambmd.com/
brittanylamb@blambmd.com