The PD nurses help coordinate care for patients and care partners within the team.
Their roles also include the following:
Offer educational support and advice regarding diagnosis and medications to help guide patients maintain independence and maximize their abilities
Provide a comfortable forum to express feelings regarding changes and concerns at clinic visits
Refer to other team members when appropriate
Help complete forms for Canadian Pension Plan, disability tax credits, and insurance coverage
Medication management: provide monitoring and adjustment between clinic visits under the direction of the neurologist as well as advise, guide, and inform on dosing of new medication and side effects
Submit applications for Special Access Medications to Pharmacare and access compassionate supplies from providers when possible