Avoiding clutter is a must for safety. Concentrate on reorganizing clutter prone areas like medicine cabinets, closets, and kitchen cupboards. Placing all items between hip height and eye level is key to avoiding unnecessary bending, reaching, and lifting. Consulting a PT or OT may help you determine which movements are safe for your loved one.
As you already know, people who live with Parkinson’s use assistive devices to help them move around, such as canes, walkers, rolling walkers, and wheelchairs. Depending on the stage of the disease, a Parkinson’s specific walker such as a U-step or an UP Walker Lite might be much more appropriate as they are incredibly stable, are more fitting to the physical limitations and allow for much better control. But finding the right fit for the individual is of the utmost importance.
It is essential to facilitate ambulation and movement around the living space by clearing all pathways and hallways to make them as wide as possible, allowing the patient to maneuver the device.
To allow for that, removing or arranging furniture is a must. Furniture should be well spaced out, allowing for freedom of mobility as much as possible. Consider using various methods to secure furniture to the ground to avoid it getting bumped out of place.