Parkinson’s is a degenerative nerve disease causing tremors, muscle stiffness, and decreased control over movements. Sometimes, this loss of control can lead to safety issues within the home. Here are 6 things that can make a home safer for an elderly loved one with PD, suggested by Summit in-home care provider, Home Care Assistance.
1. Plastic Kitchen Items
As PD progresses, it can become harder for seniors to keep their hands steady, and tremors might result in dropped cups, plates and bowls. By replacing these glass and ceramic items with plastic, you can lower the risk of accidental cuts and broken glass.
2. Slipper Socks
Slipper socks are a great way to prevent accidentl falls. The special grip bottoms will help your senior loved one keep their balance and avoid slipping and sliding all over wood or tile flooring.
Aside from handrails on both sides, consider adding a strip of non-slip paint to the stairs so a senior with Parkinson’s can easily recognize each step and will have extra help to avoid slips.
4. Kitchen Gadgets
Seniors with PD who still enjoy working in the kitchen can benefit from gadgets designed to make the experience a safer one. Items like rocker knives, angled measuring cups, and electric openers, peelers, and scissors are a few small investments that will go a long way.
It’s a good idea to connect lamps to a light switch or secure them to the wall if that’s not possible to ensure they don’t fall or break when your loved one tries to turn them on.
6. Door Knobs
It can be challenging for a senior with Parkinson’s to turn standard doorknobs. You can replace them with rubber levers, a pull/push knob, or add a no-slip extender.
If you provide care for an elderly loved one and need additional support to meet his or her needs, Home Care Assistance can help. We provide premier Parkinson’s care in Summit, and our trusted caregivers can assist with grocery shopping, meal prep, light housework, and transportation needs among other things. Call our office at 908.450.9400 to speak with an experienced Care Manager about the difference home care can make.