Making a house easy to navigate for an individual with Parkinson’s is very simple to do with some quick changes. View our room by room diagram for some fast ideas.
- Select loose clothing that is easy to take on and off. Velcro can be helpful.
- Make sure a firm chair is available to use when dressing and a footstool to use when putting on shoes.
- Avoid use of space heaters, electric blankets and other flammable fire hazards.
- Install a bed rail between the mattress and box spring.
- Use nightlights to keep the room from getting too dark and difficult to navigate at night.
- Have grab bars and handrails securely installed in the bathroom.
- Use a shower chair and a hand-held shower spray. If tub baths are taken, use a tub transfer bench.
- Use only rubber or rubber back mats in the bathroom to keep it skid free and safe!
- Have a phone put into the garage in case the person with Parkinson’s should fall or get stuck inside the garage and need to call for help.
- Put things away and off the floor to avoid falling over loose objects. Minimize clutter.
- Install handrails along walls and stairwells.
- Seal and fix cracks in pavement.
- Install sufficient light on front and back porch.
- Install handrails along all staircases and entryways.
- Pick up tools and garden items to prevent falling.