3 Ways to Keep Seniors with Parkinson's Safer at Home

3 Ways to Make a Home Safer for a Senior with Parkinson’s

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Seniors with Parkinson’s disease sometimes have difficulty maneuvering their homes, which can make it challenging to live independently. If your loved one is living with Parkinson’s, there are a number of measures you can take to help him or her manage daily routines safely. The Grand Rapids Parkinson’s care experts at Home Care Assistance offer 3 solutions.

1. Install Stair Lifts

As Parkinson’s progresses, many seniors find their strength and balance diminishes, which makes stairs a challenging obstacle. For seniors who live in homes with multiple floors, stair lifts can be a big help. Lifts give seniors the assistance they need when they’re not feeling strong enough to go up or down a flight of stairs, and they are often effective in preventing harmful accidents. 

2. Modify the Bathroom

Bathrooms have many slippery surfaces, making them difficult for some seniors to navigate, and the symptoms of Parkinson’s can make a bathroom a dangerous space to occupy. To make the bathroom safer for your loved one, make sure it is equipped with the appropriate safety devices. Install grab bars near the bathtub and toilet, and place an easy-to-use bench in the bathtub. There should be a light switch near the door so your loved one can immediately turn on the light when he or she enters the room, and the floors should always be clean and dry. These measures can help prevent your loved one from slipping on wet surfaces. 

3. Organize the Kitchen

As they age, seniors with Parkinson’s often find kitchen tasks become increasingly difficult. Your loved one may have trouble performing activities like chopping, opening cans, and stirring. To simplify these and other tasks, equip the kitchen with battery-operated gadgets instead of manual ones. Kitchens can also be organized to give your loved one easier access to the things he or she needs on a daily basis. Install handles on the cabinets instead of knobs because they are easier to grip, outfit the sink with a single handle faucet, and place the most commonly used kitchen items in easily reachable cabinets and drawers. By organizing the kitchen to suit your loved one’s needs, he or she can remain safe in the kitchen.

For additional suggestions to help a senior with Parkinson’s remain safe at home, reach out to Grand Rapids Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are expertly trained to assist seniors with mobility, meal prep, bathing, grooming, and much more. To learn more about the elder care Grand Rapids families trust, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 616-243-0835 to schedule a free in-home consultation.