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How should caregivers help people with Parkinson's disease with their bathing?

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To help a loved one with Parkinson's bathe:

  • For safety and comfort, use the shower, if possible. Tub baths can be a falling hazard.
  • While bathing, have your loved one sit on a shower stool, use a hand-held showerhead, and hold a grab bar.
  • Sometimes Parkinson's causes dandruff. If it does, use a little shampoo with mild coal tar or salicylic acid. Rinse hair well.
  • Wrap up in a terry cloth robe after bathing. It will absorb water, so you can skip the towel.

SOURCES:

Cigna: "Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise for People with Parkinson's Disease."

European Parkinson's Disease Association: "Living a Full Life With Parkinson's," "Creative Therapies."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: "Diet and Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are the Special Challenges of Caring for Someone with PD?" "Parkinson's Disease: Caring and Coping," "Learning to Relax and Reduce Stress."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease: What Matters Most?"

Schlesinger, I. , Oct. 30, 2009. Movement Disorders

University of Florida Health: "Fine Motor Coordination Activities for Patients with Parkinson's."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Cigna: "Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise for People with Parkinson's Disease."

European Parkinson's Disease Association: "Living a Full Life With Parkinson's," "Creative Therapies."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: "Diet and Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are the Special Challenges of Caring for Someone with PD?" "Parkinson's Disease: Caring and Coping," "Learning to Relax and Reduce Stress."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease: What Matters Most?"

Schlesinger, I. , Oct. 30, 2009. Movement Disorders

University of Florida Health: "Fine Motor Coordination Activities for Patients with Parkinson's."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 2018

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