Home Safety Tips for Parkinson's

As Parkinson’s disease progresses, home safety will be an increasing concern. This page includes tips that can help make your daily life safer and easier. Your doctor may also recommend a therapist to advise you on the best ways to set up your home.

Setting Up Living Spaces

Get help from family and friends to make these changes:

  • Keep walkways open and free of clutter. Move phone and electrical cords out of the way. Remove throw rugs to prevent trips.

  • Get a cordless or speaker phone. Program numbers for family and emergency services.

  • Make sure rooms are well lit. Install nightlights along walkways.

  • If “freezing” at doorways is a problem, consider placing lines of tape on the floor between rooms. Stepping over the tape may prompt you to keep moving.

Setting Up the Bathroom

Use the tips below to make changes to your bathroom. Medicare or insurance may help cover the costs of some of these items.

Preventing Falls

Parkinson’s symptoms make falls more likely. Safety improvements around the house can help. But if you begin having frequent falls, talk to your doctor. He or she may recommend physical therapy. This helps you learn the safest ways to move around. If needed, your therapist may also teach you how to use a cane or walker.

Medical Reviewer: Bernstein, Allan L, MD; Merrilees, Jennifer, RN, MS, PhD Last Annual Review Date: 2011-10-12 Copyright: 2000-2010 The StayWell Company, 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

Reference: Parkinson's Disease section on Better Medicine

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Parkinson's disease only affects older adults.