Movement and Falls

As Parkinson’s advances, movement becomes increasingly difficult. You will likely need to provide greater hands-on assistance and learn safe and effective ways to provide help without injuring yourself or your loved one. The videos on this page will give you strategies for helping the person with Parkinson’s move around so that both you and your loved one stay safe. 

Part 1 provides information on how to help the person with Parkinson’s sit down and stand up safely, including tips on cuing and the best furniture options. Part 2 reviews the major changes to mobility – freezing; short, shuffling steps; instability and falls – and their impact on movement and safety for both you and the person with Parkinson’s. This video also reviews how to help someone up from a fall and how to pick the best assistive device for the person with PD.

Tip

To make sure health care providers understand your loved one’s “on” and “off” periods, it can be helpful to show them a video of your loved one’s movements during those times. If you have a recording device, such as a smartphone or digital camera, use it to film your loved one’s “on” and “off” states, then show it to the doctors. This will help them see what “on” and “off” means for your loved one, and may help them adjust treatment and care recommendations.

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).

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