Living Alone: Home Safety and Management in PD

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Erin Foster,  PhD, O.T.D., M.S.C.I., O.T.R./L, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine

Parkinson disease can impact a person's ability to live safely and independently in their home. This presentation will provide people with Parkinson disease, their care partners, and health professionals with information and ideas to help them manage home safety problems associated with Parkinson disease. It will focus primarily on falls but will also address other potential safety problems related to the motor and non-motor aspects of Parkinson disease. It will cover risk factors for home safety problems and strategies to prevent them.

At the end of this presentation, participants will:

  1. Describe person, activity and environment-related risk factors and contributors to home safety problems associated with Parkinson disease.
  2. Understand the impact of home safety problems on daily function and quality of life among people with Parkinson disease
  3. List potential strategies for managing home safety risks.

This series is made possible by educational grants from AbbVie, Inc., Sunovion and Lundbeck LLC.

The Parkinson's Foundation designs Expert Briefings in collaboration with the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS); the Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS); the Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF); Northwest Parkinson's Foundation (NWPF); Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC); the Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF); the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC); the Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR); the Parkinson's Association (PA); and the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY).

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