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Do I need to adjust my house for mother's Parkinson's disease?

My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and she was diagnosed once her symptoms started to become severe. We moved her into my house because she's 80 years old and I don't feel comfortable leaving her along. Should I adjust my house for her to make it handicap-friendly?

2 Answers

It depends on her degree of disability. Parkinson’s Disease could be mild, moderate, or severe. If she has trouble with walking, then she probably avoid stairs and obstacles. Getting out of a chair can be challenging to some patients. In that case, a motorized recliner could be very helpful to assist getting out of chair. Just follow basic principles. Allow her independence with careful and considerate supervision.
Remove all throw rugs. Have low lighting in her bedroom at night. Have easy access to any walking aids she may need. Do not rearrange furniture as they become familiar with their walking pattern.
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