Changes Around the House

Even if you have lived in your home for a long time, it may be hard for your loved one with Parkinson’s to stay safe because of changes in movement, balance, vision or thinking. Changes may be necessary for both present and future needs. The videos on this page will walk you step by step through every area of your house to make sure your home is both safe and comfortable for your loved one.

Part 1 will take you on a home safety tour to see which flooring, lighting and furniture arrangements are most suitable for someone living with Parkinson’s. Part 2 focuses on stairways and communication systems that can be used to make the home safer. It also provides suggestions to make the home a comfortable and comforting environment for the person with Parkinson’s.

The information here offers suggestions and helpful hints, but is not designed to answer all questions. Each person with Parkinson’s is unique, so the suggestions may need to be modified for your particular situation. You are strongly recommended to seek and build a team of professionals in your local area to help you on your caregiving journey. If you have questions or need a referral to a local provider, call the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).

In 2016, the Parkinson’s Foundation hosted a Caregiver Summit for that brought together caregivers from all over the U.S. and the world to share experiences and everyday strategies for coping with the complex problems that arise as a result of Parkinson’s. If you missed the event, don’t worry! All the general sessions were recorded and are available on our YouTube channel.

Tip sheets to download
Resources on the web
Groups that can help