April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and as many as 1 million people in the United States are living with this movement disorder, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Fortunately, there are tools on the market to help those with Parkinson’s lead more mobile, independent lives.
- Helpful home modifications include enlarging handles and switches by adding grips, installing security poles to help prevent falls, and using bedside assistance tools and rails.
- Daily living aids include canes with wrist straps, reachers that decrease discomfort caused by movement, walkers with baskets, and simple tools like a food bumper for easier scooping.
- Personal hygiene helpers — such as one-step shampoos and cleansers, long-handled back scrubbers and lotion applicators, and dressing sticks — can help those with stiffness and limited mobility.
- Bathroom safety and comfort is improved with grab bars, raised toilet seats, bath benches and rubber safety mats.
- Parkinson’s disease can cause the bladder to become overactive and develop contractions, leading to poor storage and interference with flow. If incontinence products are needed, look for styles that are easy to put on and take off, such as those with tape tabs for easy removal.