Parkinson’s is a progressive condition that affects, among other things, mobility. This is because Parkinson’s can cause muscles to become rigid and painful to move. It can also cause tremors which interfere with activities such as eating and grooming. There are tools out there that can help make life with Parkinson’s less challenging.
• Grab bars: These can help people get more leverage when they try to get up from a sitting position. Strategic places for these are near the toilet, in the shower, and near beds and chairs the person frequently uses. If there are stairways that don’t have them already, install them there as well.
• Skid-proof mats: These can give traction in areas that might be slippery. Bathrooms and kitchens are great places for them.
• Electric grooming devices: Think of electric toothbrushes and razors. These don’t require a steady hand to avoid potential injury.
• Specialty dinnerware: There are cups, plates, and silverware specifically designed for use by people with Parkinson’s.
• Grabbing devices: These can help people with Parkinson’s pick up objects without having to stoop over to get them.
• Clothes with zippers and Velcro: Clothes that zip or Velcro are easier for Parkinson’s patients to dress with.
There are many tools and gadgets out there that can help make life with Parkinson’s less challenging. It’s all about knowing what to look for. Remember, if you or someone you know is struggling with Parkinson’s, we are here to help. Our care services can help with tasks around the house.