WE'RE HERE TO HELP WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE

PARKINSON’S DISEASE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE STRESSFUL

Parkinson’s disease comes with a host of challenges for both the individual and their caregivers. When your parent is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, decisions regarding their care are often difficult to make. While, some individuals do require a nursing care facility, many are able to live in their own homes with assistance from adaptive devices, furniture, and outpatient medical care.

CONCERNS

and facts

Injuries are common among people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), occurring most often in bedrooms (30%), living areas (19%), and kitchens (15%). People with Parkinson’s disease often fall when they lose their balance either due to muscle weakness, vision impairment, or home hazards, which cause them to trip or stumble.

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LIVING

FAMILY AREA ADJUSTMENTS

Take time to widen spaces between objects so that there is plenty of space to navigate. A common hazard is wires; extension, USB, TV cords, etc. Plug appliances into the nearest outlets and tape cords to the molding along the walls to keep them off of the floor. Provide chairs with firm backs and raised seat cushions to add height and support to make the sitting down and rising up process easier. A parent with PD has a hard time controlling fine motor skills, which makes turning on lamps and small switches difficult. Consider voice-activated lamps with LED bulbs, or a Hue system.

FALL CONCERNS

PREVENT COMMON INJURIES

  • Beds located too far from the bathroom
  • Cluttered floor space requiring turns and maneuvering to get where the person is going  
  • Narrow entrances to rooms and bathrooms 
  • Inadequate lighting 
  • Beds being too high from floor 
  • Uneven floor surfaces, Carpets or rugs that can be tripped over 
  • Uneven floor surfaces 
  • Lack of handles or assistive devices to help a person turn or sit down 

FALL CONCERNS

2. PREVENT COMMON INJURIES

  • Beds located too far from the bathroom
  • Cluttered floor space requiring turns and maneuvering to get where the person is going  
  • Narrow entrances to rooms and bathrooms 
  • Inadequate lighting 
  • Beds being too high from floor 
  • Uneven floor surfaces, Carpets or rugs that can be tripped over 
  • Uneven floor surfaces 
  • Lack of handles or assistive devices to help a person turn or sit down 

WASHROOM

QUICK BATHROOM HACKS

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THE KITCHEN

KEEP FOOD PREP SAFE

Someone with Parkinson’s disease can have a hard time with balance and standing. Make the kitchen a place your parent can utilize by lowering countertops or enable them to work from a kitchen table. 

  • spike board can make chopping and cutting easier without a food processor. 

PD CAN BE OVERWHELMING

Parkinson’s Disease can be overwhelming, but fortunately we offer many products and solutions to assist your parent and keep them safe so they can maintain their independence at home as long as possible. An Occupational Therapist can provide a list with photos of recommended modifications and assistive devices, which you can send to us. We will contact you within 48 hours with a customized action item list specific to your unique needs and situation. Let us help your loved ones age gracefully at home by contacting us now

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