As the disease progresses, sufferers of Parkinsons Disease will need to find ways to adjust and live with their condition, often with the use of adaptive equipment. Parkinsons disease can make activities of daily living, as well as leisure activities increasingly difficult for those afflicted.
Over the past few years, there have been tremendous advances in new equipment and devices that can allow a person with Parkinsons to live more independently and give them more options in assisting them with their daily living. Some of the devices that can help them include:
Utensils that are built up to help them eat as the tremors and muscle rigidity get worse.
Grab bars near the bathtub, toilet and other areas that can allow them to perform these common tasks much easier.
Devices that help them with reaching helping them pull on socks or even just reach for things on the floor.
Electric beds that they can control, allowing for more comfort and ease of positioning.
Wheelchairs as the disease progresses will allow them to remain more independent and give them freedom to get around on their own.
There are many other ways that common households can be set up allowing for help in adapting to living with the condition. There are many devices that can be used to make these daily activities easier, and can be set up very easily.
Handrails can be put along walls to help with standing and walking.
Stationary pole or trapeze bar installed near the bed can help with getting in and out of bed.
Elevated toilet seats make it easier to sit and stand.
Bathtub transfer bench or shower seats to help with getting in and out of the bathtub, and make bathing and showering an easier task .
Use non-skid mats in the tub.
Have at least one counter in the kitchen lowered to allow working from a sitting position.
In addition to devices that are developed with these specific needs in mind, there are other ways you can adapt your home to make living independently much easier. Use a touch lamp for lighting, space furniture wide enough apart to make getting around easier, remove any mats or carpets that can trip you, get a phone with large numbers, among many other effective adaptations you can make to your home.
The symptoms that accompany Parkinsons disease can make doing common tasks much more difficult, but with the use of adaptive equipment, Parkinsons sufferers can remain living independently much longer than they have been able to in the past. Continuing research comes up with new ways to allow those who are living with this condition to hold on to their freedom, and make everyday tasks more manageable for them.Free PDF Health Ebook...