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Planning Daily Activities With Parkinson's Disease

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Bathing With Parkinson's Disease

  • Use a shower chair if necessary.
  • Use a hand-held hose for showering and bathing.
  • Use a long-handled sponge or scrubbing brush.
  • Use soap-on-a-rope, bath mitts, or sponges with soap inside or a soft soap applicator instead of bar soap.
  • Use lukewarm water, as very hot water can cause fatigue.
  • Sew straps on towels to make them easier to hold while drying.
  • Place a non-skid rug on the floor outside the tub to dry your feet so you don't slip.
  • Put a towel on the back of your chair and rub your back against it to dry. Or, use a terry cloth robe instead of a towel to dry off.

Going to the Bathroom With Parkinson's Disease

  • If needed, use a bedside commode.
  • In the bathroom, use an elevated toilet seat and/or safety rails to assist standing from a low surface.

 

Grooming With Parkinson's Disease

  • Do all of your grooming (shaving, drying your hair, etc) while sitting.
  • Use hairbrushes and combs with built-up handles or handles with finger loops.
  • Use toothbrushes with built-up handles or use an electric toothbrush.

Eating, Drinking, and Parkinson's Disease

  • Don't rush your meals. Allow the extra time you need to finish your meal. Rest your elbows on the table to provide more motion at your wrist and hand.
  • Sit with your knees and hips bent at a 90-degree angle in a straight-back chair.
  • Use utensils with built-up, lightweight handles, or use a "spork" -- a spoon and fork in one. Use a rocker knife for cutting food.
  • Use a non-skid mat to stabilize objects on the table.
  • Use a plate guard or plate with a raised lip to prevent food from spilling.
  • Use a long straw with a non-spill cup or use a plastic mug with a large handle.

Cooking With Parkinson's Disease

  • Use the back burners and keep pot handles turned inward.

 

To Prevent Drooling or Salivating

  • Suck on hard candy, lozenges, or gum to control excess saliva
  • Use a straw when drinking to strengthen the muscles of the lips, mouth, and throat.

 

Writing Tips for Parkinson's Disease

  • Use large print, instead of script writing. Try using weighted pens or pencils and wrap black electrical tape around the barrel for additional grip.
  • Use magic markers and large tablet on an easel.
  • If you have difficulty using writing utensils, try typing notes or letters on a computer or typewriter.

Parkinson's Disease and Shopping

  • Call ahead to make sure the store has the item you need.
  • Call ahead to reserve a wheelchair or tri-wheel cart if you aren't planning to bring your own.
  • Call a taxi or ask a friend or family member to drive you.

Cleaning Tips for Those With Parkinson's

  • Use long handles on sponge mops, cleaning brushes, dust pans, brooms, or window washers.
  • Sit to fold laundry, wash dishes, iron clothes, use the sweeper, mop the floor, or to plug in appliances at low outlets. Adapt counters so that you can reach them from your wheelchair or from a sitting position.

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