Making Life Easier for a Person With Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease is progressive and symptoms may come on in stages. Difficulties increase as the disease progresses. Learning how to continually adapt not only the home environment, but also daily living processes that take into consideration a gradual decline in health and abilities should be the main focus of caregivers.
Adapting the home environment to not only deal with the challenges that Parkinson’s disease presents, but also to everyday routines easier– such eating, bathing, and dressing helps to lengthen quality of life.
The Living Environment
Living areas, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms need to be adapted to the special needs or increasing physical and cognitive difficulties of people afflicted with Parkinson’s.
Considerations include the use of canes, walkers or wheelchairs to facilitate movement. Open pathways between rooms are important, as is the removal of obstacles, such as: