For those living with Parkinson’s, living independently is a privilege that many individuals would like to maintain as they age. Although this is not possible for all, it is manageable for some. One of the best ways to ensure safe aging in place with Parkinson’s is to create a home space that is catered to the individual. Combined with a skilled home care team, smart renovations can make a home much more attuned to the patient!
If you or your aging loved one is living with Parkinson’s, here are a few renovation adjustments for aging in place with Parkinson’s.
One of the easiest additions to the home is the inclusion of a ramp. Even if you are not currently utilizing a wheelchair, a ramp is still a good added feature. It creates an ease of movement and provides accessibility should any mobility issues arise.
When redesigning your bathroom, you’ll want to place an emphasis on ease of mobility. Remember, most slip and falls happen in bathrooms, so it’s in your best interest to make this as slip free as possible. This can be accomplished by installing slip-resistant flooring near hazardous zones. You can also remove the hazard of a shower ledge by installing a zero entry shower.
When renovating the kitchen, it’s best to place everything on a single, easily accessed, plane. Focus on implementing ease of movement for sinks, stoves, microwaves, etc.Your goal is to get food from point A to point B without too much moving around.
If you have a kitchen island, try to widen the space between the cabinets and the island in order to allow a potential wheelchair to move around. If this is not possible, you may want to think of getting rid of the island altogether!
If your home has any narrow hallways, try to widen them for ease of access. You’ll also want to broaden tight corners for simpler maneuverability.
Lighting & Electric
Try and raise high use electrical outlets to 36 inches. This will allow for the individual to better operate without any unneeded bending or stretching.
For lighting, you’ll want to consider installing motion activated sensors in hallways and other entry points. Motion activated lights will allow independent movement and ensure there is no fumbling in the dark. You can also set up voice activated lighting to the same effect!
Talk to a home health aide today from Expicare Nursing for more information on how to make your home more senior friendly!