National Parkinson Foundation Offers Helpline for Patients and Families

National Parkinson Foundation Helpline for Patients and Families at 1-800-4PD-INFO (image courtesy of National Parkinson Foundation Helpline announcement)The National Parkinson Foundation is offering a free telephone Helpline for Parkinson’s patients and their families. The Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636), is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time.

According to the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), the Helpline is answered by “Compassionate, trained Parkinson’s disease information specialists from varied allied health professional backgrounds staff the Helpline.”

They can provide, in English or Spanish, “general information about diagnosis, treatment, activities of daily living, caregiver concerns, research, clinical trials, advanced Parkinson’s disease, fitness, speech and swallowing, coping, medications, and many other topics,” NPF states on its webpage announcing the Helpline.

“Parkinson’s disease information specialists can provide referrals to organizations that may be able to help you with financial assistance for medication, transportation, basic needs, and respite care/nursing home. Parkinson’s disease information specialists can also provide information about various government social service programs that you may qualify for,” NPF states in its announcement of the service.

Following is a portion of NPF’s online announcement of its Helpline:

National Parkinson Foundation Helpline for Patients and Families at 1-800-4PD-INFO (image courtesy of National Parkinson Foundation Helpline announcement)

1-800-4PD-INFO Helpline

“What is the National Parkinson Foundation’s 1-800-4PD-INFO Helpline?”

“1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) is an extension of the National Parkinson Foundation’s well established education and outreach initiatives, which already include:  Allied Team Training for Parkinson, a premier web site for Parkinson’s-related information, NPF publications, conferences, webinars, and the National Parkinson Care Network.

People with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends and health care providers are invited to call to receive current and up-to-date information about Parkinson’s disease generally, emotional support, and referrals to health professionals and community resources. A wide variety of helpful publications are also available for order.

When is the Helpline open?

The Helpline is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time. You can also email us at helpline@parkinson.org at any time.

Who will I be talking to if I call 1-800-4PD-INFO?

Compassionate, trained Parkinson’s disease information specialists from varied allied health professional backgrounds staff the Helpline.

What makes the NPF Helpline unique?

The NPF Helpline is unique because it is staffed by highly-trained specialists who are bilingual in English and Spanish.

What are my options when I dial 1-800-4PD-INFO?

• Press 1 or stay on the line to speak to a Parkinson’s information specialist in English.
• Press 2 to speak with Donor Services.
• Press 3 to speak with a Parkinson’s information specialist in Spanish.

What kind of general information is provided?

General information about diagnosis, treatment, activities of daily living, caregiver concerns, research, clinical trials, advanced Parkinson’s disease, fitness, speech and swallowing, coping, medications, and many other topics.

What kind of referrals can Parkinson’s disease information specialists provide?

Parkinson’s disease information specialists can search the National Parkinson Foundation database for NPF Centers of Excellence, health professionals with training in Parkinson’s disease, National Parkinson Foundation chapters, and support groups in your area.”

For more information about the National Parkinson Foundation’s 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636) Helpline, see the website of the National Parkinson Foundation.

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This Announcement is provided as a public service by HelpingYouCare®.

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More Information

For more information on Parkinson’s Disease, see free Downloadable Publications provided by the National Parkinson Foundation.

And, see the HelpingYouCare® resource pages on Parkinson’s Disease, including:

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