Sometimes Parkinson’s disease can make it harder — and less safe — to do basic activities you or the person with Parkinson’s once did easily as part of the daily routine, like bathing, dressing, eating, sleeping and even walking. While it can be hard to adjust to these changes, there are ways to maintain a good quality of life. Review the tips on these pages to learn how:
- Bathing, grooming and toileting
- Getting dressed
- Increasing your mobility confidence
- Rest and sleep
Also consider talking to an occupational therapist (OT), who can address issues of safety and independence in the home and help you modify or adapt activities of daily living. Call 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) to locate a therapist in your area. Your doctor can give you a referral.
There may come a time when you need assistance; this fact sheet about assistive devices and information about preparing for a paid caregiver can help.