Helpful Gizmos for Those Living With Parkinson’s

Parkinson's disease makes getting around difficult, but several gadgets on the market today can help.

Helping those with Parkinson's
Every April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and as many as 1 million people in the United States and 4 million worldwide are living with this movement disorder, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The symptoms of this chronic and progressive disease - tremors, rigidity, slowness, postural instability, and impaired balance and coordination - can make day-to-day living difficult. Fortunately, there are several tools on the market to help those with Parkinson’s lead more mobile, independent lives.

Personal care
Even simple tasks like taking care of personal hygiene can be difficult with Parkinson’s because of stiffness. Back scrubbers, lotion applicators and dressing sticks can help when reaching is difficult, and there are shampoos and cleansers made for easy, one-step washing. Improve bathroom safety with grab bars, raised toilet seats and bath benches. In addition to including rubber safety mats to make a bathroom safer, use them on trays and tables to create nonslip surfaces anywhere.

Getting around
Modifications made in the home can offer solutions to the daily struggles of Parkinson’s patients. Consider daily living aids such as a cane with a wrist strap to keep assistance nearby and a reaching kit to decrease discomfort caused by movement. Enlarge handles and switches throughout the home by adding grips made from tubing or other cylindrical objects. Bed assists and bedside rails make getting in and out of bed easier, and security poles installed in the home can help prevent falls due to impaired balance. Parkinson’s patients also may benefit from a Rollator - a walker with a basket to move items more easily while keeping hands free. Even something as simple as a food bumper for easier scooping can make mealtimes more enjoyable.

Incontinence supplies
Parkinson’s disease can cause the bladder to become overactive and develop contractions, leading to poor storage and interference with flow, according to the National Association For Continence. If incontinence products are needed, look for styles that are easy to put on and take off. Poise pads and Depend Guards for Men attach to regular underwear, and Prevail Adjustable Underwear and Attends Briefs have tape tabs for easy removal. Products to help manage incontinence are available from many other brands as well, such as Tena, Surecare and Tranquility. To look up products by symptom, size, gender, style or brand, see The CareGiver Partnership’s Incontinence Product Finder, or call for a personalized solution.
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit http://www.caregiverpartnership.com/ to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.

1 comments:

Ruby Walters said...

One other thing that we have found is helpful with my grandma is to have safety mats around the house. When we had just regular mats she slipped one time and might have gotten seriously hurt if my brother hadn't been there to break her fall. We immediately replaced all our rugs with mats that don't slip around as easily and we haven't had a problem since.

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