Parkinson's Disease: Modifying Your Activities and Your Home - Topic Overview
When you have Parkinson's disease, you may find that making simple changes to your home and in your daily activities can help you stay independent for a longer time.
Make daily activities simpler
Simplifying your daily activities may help you to save your energy for activities that really
demand it. It also may help to adjust your daily schedule so that your routine
is less stressful or tiring.
Physical therapists, occupational therapists, other people who have
the disease, and the people who care for them may be good sources of help and
Make simple changes to your home
If you have trouble moving around or become tired easily, it also may
help to make a few changes in your home.
- Change the location of furniture so that you can
hold on to something as you move around the house.
- Use specially
modified chairs that make it easier to sit down and stand up.
the items you use most often (such as reading glasses, keys, and the telephone)
in one easy-to-reach place.
- Tack down rugs to prevent
- Put no-slip tape in the bathtub and install handrails to
An occupational therapist can assist in making these and other
changes to your home, including helping you to find ways to make
dressing, bathing, and eating easier.