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Parkinson's disease: Easing everyday challenges
Household adjustments can help people with Parkinson's disease.
Many of the challenges of Parkinson's disease crop up in simple, day-to-day tasks. The American Parkinson Disease Association offers these tips for making life around the house simpler and safer.
In the bathroom:
- Buy a shower chair or tub bench.
- Put a nonslip mat or strips on the shower floor.
- Install grab bars.
- Use soap on a rope with a long-handled bath brush or a terry cloth mitt for bathing.
- Switch to an electric razor.
In the clothes closet:
- Lower the clothes rods in your closets.
- Buy clothing that closes in the front with simple fasteners.
- Replace buttons and zippers with Velcro strips or dots.
- Sew firm elastic bands into shirt cuffs so they don't need to be buttoned.
- Put on and take off clothes from your stiffer side first.
- Get a dressing stick, which helps pull pants and shorts over feet and legs.
- Switch to elastic shoelaces.
In the kitchen:
- Arrange your kitchen to make cooking easier—store pots next to the stove, for example.
- Buy a cutting board with raised sides.
- Sit down while you prepare food.
- Try a rocking knife and silverware with built-up handles to make eating easier.
- Place a rubber pad or wet dishcloth under bowls and pans during food preparation.
- Move food from kitchen to table on a cart with wheels.
- Use a lazy Susan on the table or counters.
- Add a plate guard, a rim that attaches to one side of your plate, or use scoop dishes with raised edges.
- Try plastic straws or lightweight mugs with large handles for easier drinking.