Safer Living with Parkinson’s Disease

    Parkinson’s Disease is one of the most common progressive neurodegenerative disorders in older American adults, increasing as the population ages. Currently, nearly one million people in the United States live with Parkinson’s (Parkinson’s Disease Foundation). As the disease progresses, so do the difficulties of daily activities at home due to tremors in limbs and the face, slowness of movement, rigidity of limbs and impaired balance and coordination.

    But there are certain home modifications that can be installed to help reduce the stress and complications associated with Parkinson’s, allowing residents to live at home longer.

     

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    Recommend these home modifications to your patients to improve their stability and mobility around the home:

    • Replace high-pile carpet with slip-resistant flooring.
    • Install ramps instead of using stairs at exterior entryways.
    • Add grab bars to showers and walls near toilets.
    • Have easy-to-reach or pull-down clothing rods installed in closets.
    • Use lever handles on sinks and doors instead of turn knobs.
    • Install flip-down shower seats.
    • Make sure there is plenty of lighting in the most used areas of the home.

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    Our construction and medical experts work with your patients to assess, develop and implement the right modifications for enhanced home accessibility and functionality.

     

    The LifeWise Process:

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    Ready to learn more? Register for our monthly CEU on “Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease: 200 Year Journey,” presented by Stanley Fisher, MD, on 5/24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.