|Practical tips for around the
house for people with Parkinson's disease
little tricks to get around problems means you can get on with your life much
- There are many simple tips to overcome the
nuisance caused by the effects of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to help
with day to day life around the house.
organise your daily routine so that you have plenty of time to undertake
activities. Plan your day in advance so that you can alternate the
difficult tasks with easy ones. Think about what would be more easily done
by other people and delegate any heavy household chores that exhaust you.
on one thing at a time. With PD, movement may not be so automatic, so
break tasks down into their component parts and do each stage consciously.
If something is proving difficult to achieve, stop and try again after a
use of simple aids that make daily life easier - an electric toothbrush,
long handled hairbrushes, cordless razor, large button TV controller.
Invest in labour-saving equipment such as a dish washer. Large handled
cutlery, electric plugs with handles and lever taps are easier to
may be easier with a thick or padded felt tip pen and printing using
capital letters. Computer users may find voice-activated software is more
convenient than using a keyboard. Sticky keys and toggle keys can also
help overcome problems with pronounced tremor.
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fitting clothes made from natural materials and with few or no buttons
and shoes with elasticated
sides are easiest to get on and off. Consider replacing zips with velcro
fastenings and using pull-up elasticated trousers.
should ensure the environment is safe, with good lighting and no loose
mats, training electric cables, raised door sills or unnecessary
clutter. A bracelet or necklace alarm connected to a central switchboard
may help to give peace of mind. It is valuable to learn how to get up
off the ground in case you have a fall.
armchairs or settees that are too low or too soft. A chair with a
straight back, high seat and arm rests is best. Do not have too much
unnecessary furniture in the room that makes it more difficult to get
a non-slip bath mat and have suitable grab rails fitted in the bathroom
and toilet. Empty the bath before stepping out of it. A raised toilet
seat is often helpful. Do not lock the bathroom or toilet door if you
may need help - instead you can ensure privacy by having a notice on the
outside saying “occupied” or “free”.
The UK Parkinson’s Disease Society
(telephone +44 (0)20 7931 8080;
publishes a wide range of helpful leaflets and videocassettes on all
aspects of living with PD.
Useful books include:
‘Parkinson’s disease: 300 tips for making
life easier’, by Shelley Peterman Schwarz, published in 2002 by Demos
Medical Publishing. ISBN 1 888 79965X
Useful websites include:
My Parkinson’s : online
community and interactive management tools for people living with PD
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