Wednesday Workshop – Simplifying Daily Care for People with Parkinson’s Disease
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Similar to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease is progressive and symptoms can come in stages. Learning how to continually adapt to the changes and difficulties that will inevitably come should be the main focus of caregivers.
Living areas, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms need to be customized to the unique needs of people afflicted with Parkinson’s. Considerations include the use of canes, walkers or wheelchairs to facilitate ambulation. Here are other important things to consider to simplify daily care for someone with Parkinson’s disease.
- Thick floor rugs and throw rugs
Thick rugs or rugs that aren’t tacked down securely can be a hazard for people with Parkinson’s. Their unsteady gait and shuffling movements makes it easy for them to trip and fall.
Place household furniture far enough apart to allow room for a walker or wheelchair. Your loved one should be able to do a full 360degree spin (with their walking device) without touching or knocking over any objects nearby.
- Cords and lamps
Hide or completely get rid of any electrical or extension cords on the floor. Also, be careful with positioning standing lamps. They should be placed in the corner of the room that gets the least amount of traffic around it.
Other things to consider include:
- Add non-skid mats around the bathroom
- Add hand rails around bathroom and stairs
- Cover sharp edges around countertops and furniture with cushioning
- Tie a piece of rope to drawer handles for easier access
- Switch to lever door handles instead of door knobs
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.