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Charting Your Course
With Parkinson's Disease Care
Consider the need for an electric
hospital bed with a trapeze for movement and increased
independence. This can be rented monthly through
Medicare and a co-insurance policy.
Try nylon or silk pajamas for ease in
turning in bed.Use a bed guardrail for safety and
Dressing for Success:
Velcro Hush Puppy shoes are easier for
the care receiver to put on and take off. Turn a lace-up
shoe into a slip-on shoe with elastic shoelaces.
Purchase pull on boots with zippers
Use a long-handled shoe horn with a
The care receiver will have warmer
feet and avoid falling by wearing slipper socks with
rubber treads over regular socks. Thin stockings vs.
cushioned sole socks are better on carpeted surfaces.
Sport pants and elastic waistbands
ease dressing woes for the caregiver and care receiver.
Magnifying sheets, magnifying glasses,
large wall clocks, talking watches and natural spectrum
lamps help those with impaired vision and encourage
Review photo albums and old greeting
Read the comics.
Listen to music and books on tape.
Enjoy walks in the park when able.
Create a memory box filled with past
treasures or items that encourage reminiscence.
Display things around the home that
bring joy such as family photos, childrenís art work,
and holiday decorations. This display also helps with
time or seasonal orientation.
Consider attending a Parkinsonís
disease support group together.
As one can see, revising care
procedures and modifying your home can promote
successful caregiving. In addition, these ideas will
uphold the dignity and independence of the care
receiver. Learn from others who have walked in your
shoes and set your sails for a new direction in
providing care for a loved one with Parkinsonís
Kristine Dwyer is a Caregiver
Consultant and Licensed Social Worker with Carlton
County Public Health in Cloquet, Minnesota. She is also
a past and current caregiver for family members. Barbara
Churchill has been a caregiver throughout her lifetime
and is a mother of seven children. Our hope is that this
joint article can reach and positively influence
caregivers and care receivers with Parkinsonís disease
across the nation.