Safe Ideas for a Parkinson’s Home

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.

Whole House:

  • Make sure all rugs are anchored and smooth.
  • Keep furniture in its usual place and make sure wide spaces are placed between furniture to make it easy to move around.
  • Invest in touchable lamps or those that react to sound.

Bedroom:

  • 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.

Bathroom:

  • 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!

Kitchen:

  • Use self-closing cabinets and drawers.
  • Lower counter spaces and work spaces so that cooking and kitchen tasks can be performed from a sitting position.
  • Use a food processor for cutting and peeling vegetables and other hard to eat foods.
  •  Install nonskid rubber mats near sink and stove. Clean up spills immediately.

Office:

  • Use a chair with a firm, straight back. Avoid chairs with soft cushions, swivel chairs or chairs with wheels.
  • Make sure there are no exposed wires that could be tripped over. Plan where furniture is arranged so that extension cords aren’t needed.
  • Use a telephone with large buttons so numbers can be easily dialed. Enter numbers into speed dial and use voice commands where technology allows.

Garage:

  •  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.

Outside:

  • 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.