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Charting Your Course
With Parkinson's Disease Care
Clothes or furniture:
Washable sheet protectors and chair
pads can be used to save on constant laundering. For
full protection, layer several pads on the bed or chair.
Use a Swiffer-type dry and wet mop on
the floors for easier cleaning.
Do not use throw rugs, but if
the floor surface is slippery, use a short-napped rug
with a rubber backing.
Purchase a whistle from a hardware
store, tie it onto a long piece of elastic and place it
around the care receiverís neck. This can be used to
call for help, especially if the caregiver has a hearing
deficit. Place another whistle near the bed or toilet if
Personal Emergency Response System
(PERS) can be rented monthly to summon help when the
caregiver is out of the home.
Alarm systems can be purchased
from medical supply companies and installed at exit
doors and on wheelchairs to prevent wandering or
Transfer or restraining belts can be
used to keep the care receiver secure in the chair when
the caregiver has to leave the room. It can also be used
to assist in safely helping the care receiver out of bed
or a chair.
Canvas aprons can be purchased at
craft stores. Cut the ties off and replace with elastic
on the top to enable the care receiver to put it on
without help. Vinyl or quilted bibs/aprons can also be
purchased from medical supply companies. Place the
bottom half of the apron underneath the plate for neater
Use cups or glasses with lids
and straw holes to prevent spilling. A two-ha ndled cup
with a spouted lid can also be kept by the bedside.
If the care receiver has
tremors, buy shallow soup bowls and edge guards for
plates to keep the food contained.
Purchase utensils with weighted,
built-up or angled handles to help hands remain steady.
Car seats made of leather are easier
to access and to clean.
Consider purchasing a swivel seat
cushion to ease car transfers.
Purchase a handicapped vehicle parking
permit ($5.00) through the driverís license bureau and
have it authorized by the physician. Use the permit at
any handicapped parking zone or at any meter in the
Pack a car tote bag. Include a package of wet
wipes, bibs, a change of clothing, incontinent pads,
plastic garbage bags, and water.
Eat in the car and park
near a scenic area to enjoy the meal and the view if
dining in a restaurant becomes too difficult.