Healthy Living

A Guide to Help Cope with a Life-Altering Parkinson's Diagnosis


Getting around for Parkinson's patients can be difficult, one way to avoid a spill with the onset of tremors is to employ the use of balance aids such as canes or walkers when they are needed. These can be used for just about any physical activity that the patient wishes to undertake, from walking to dancing. Balance aids increase confidence when a patient doesn’t have to worry that they will take a tumble and  people with Parkinson's have many options in the type of balance ides that they can purchase. It may be necessary to first consult a physical therapist or a doctor to ascertain just which sort of balance aid is needed.

It’s important that the home is as prepared as you can make it to help mitigate the possibility of a fall. Working closely with your occupational or rehabilitation specialist can give you a better idea of some of that ways that you can make your home Parkinson's safe. There should be a phone close at hand at all times, if using a mobile phone have it on your person always and stationary phones should be placed in all rooms of the house within easy access.

Grab bars or handrails should not only be placed in bathtubs, but in any part of the home where the patient may not have anything to hold on to. This includes walkways, stairwells and rooms such as the kitchen. Hardwood floors are preferable to carpeting or rugs to lower the risk of tripping over raised bumps in them, secure electronics cords to the flooring with duct tape to avoid tripping as well. Try to place furniture in rooms that the patient frequents in such a way that they have wide walkways so that if a fall does happen, it’s not further complicated by falling into hard furniture.