Practical Self-Help Tips
- If you experience difficulty getting into and out of chairs, use a chair with solid arm rests. Also try placing two-inch blocks under the back legs of the chair, since a chair that is tipped forward slightly is easier to use.
- If possible, remove all doorsills throughout the home, since this is a primary cause of falls for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
- Make sure that handrails on staircases are continuous and securely fastened on both sides.
- If you experience hand tremors, use an electric razor.
- Remove any accent or area rugs. They can be replaced with a floor mat with nonskid backing or wall-to-wall carpeting in a color that contrasts with the walls and fixtures.
- Use grab bars in the tub area and next to the toilet and use a bathtub bench or shower chair when bathing. If you need more support, use a toilet safety frame or a raised toilet seat.
- Lower the rods in your closets, so you don’t have to reach too high for an item of clothing.
- Use a rocker knife, available in independent living catalogs, for cutting and slicing. As you rock the handle up and down, the sharp, curved blade slices through the food.
- If you eat slowly because swallowing is difficult, use an insulated dish to help keep food warm.
- Use a plate or food guard, available in independent living catalogs, to keep food from falling off the edges of your plate.