Disability benefits could assist Parkinson’s disease patients

Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system and brain disorder that leads to tremors, in addition to problems with walking, movement and coordination. Those who are living with Parkinson’s disease fully understand how Social Security disability benefits can help stabilize their financial situation.

Though the disease typically affects the elderly, it can also affect younger individuals who are many times left unable to work. The most well-known younger man who has been fighting this illness is Michael J. Fox, star of the “Back to the Future” movies.

Patients with Parkinson’s disease are dependent upon a myriad of medications throughout the day. The necessary doses are heavily time dependent, meaning that they must be taken on a rigid schedule in order to be effective.

For example, taking one dose of medication late even by minutes can result in an inability to walk. Many Parkinson’s patient may wind up in the hospital, which could also create problems if their condition isn’t properly treated.

In order to increase awareness for medical staff to protect Parkinson’s sufferers from adverse drug events and to improve the quality of care that they receive, the National Parkinson’s Foundation is providing patients with a kit called “Aware in Care.” These kits are aimed at educating patients and those that care for them about the specific needs of Parkinson patients. With these kits it is hoped that patients who have to undergo hospitalization can remain safe from medication errors.

Those suffering from Parkinson’s disease may be able to claim for SSD benefits if the disease makes it difficult for them to work and earn an adequate living. There are a number of other factors that need to be considered before the Social Security Administration will determine whether a patient qualifies for SSD. Pennsylvania residents who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and need financial assistance may want to find out if they meet the qualifications for SSD benefits.

Source: Pioneer Press, “To reduce drug errors, Parkinson’s patients are educating hospitals,” Christopher Snowbeck, Nov. 23, 2012

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