Parkinson’s disease is a chronic condition, and to date, there is no cure. But, that doesn’t mean that your loved one can’t still live a full life. Adapting your home to make it easier for your loved one to move around and perform daily activities will go a long way towards improving their quality of life and reducing the risk of accidents along the way.
Since Parkinson’s disease affects a person’s motor skills, making it difficult to get around or even perform leisure activities, if you are living with someone who has Parkinson’s disease, it’s important to adapt your home to make it safe and friendly for your loved one for daily living.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Buy a Cordless Phone
Having a phone convenient at all times is so important for Parkinson’s patients, who have good and bad days and may not be able to get up to answer the phone or who may need to use the phone to get help. Invest in a cordless phone with large buttons, and make sure it is with your loved one at all times. Put frequently used numbers on speed dial to make it even easier for them to make phone calls. Keeping important things within reach is a good idea in general for the Parkinson’s patient.
- Clear Walkways
Space furniture so that there are wide, clear walkways that your loved one can walk through without worrying about tripping over something. Take away small area rugs and make sure there is no clutter. Eliminate or minimize the use of extension cords, which pose an added risk for trips and falls.
- Buy Straight-Backed Furniture
You may need to invest in new furniture, particularly if your current furniture has lots of cushions. Straight-backed chairs are much easier to get out of than chairs with lots of cushion. So, at the very least, invest in a special chair for your loved one that he or she can get in and out of with minimal effort. A lift chair may be a good option, depending on your loved one’s mobility.
- Install Handrails
Installing handrails along walls, next to your bed, along stairwells, and in your bathrooms will make it easier and safer for your loved one to move around and will reduce the risk of accidents and falls.
At the David York Agency, we understand the numerous daily challenges that those living with Parkinson’s disease face. That’s why our experienced healthcare professionals are highly trained and capable of giving your loved one the specialized care and attention they need. For a fuller list of elder proofing suggestions, please visit our website for a handy, printable checklist.
For more information on David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn. For more information on how to make life better for your loved one who has Parkinson’s disease, or to find out how a home health aide can help, contact us today.