Parkinson’s Disease symptoms include tremor, stiffness, slow movement and balance problems. These symptoms worsen over time. This makes it difficult to perform your daily routine. Here some useful Parkinson’s Disease Bathroom help tips.
- Limit caffeine intake. Caffeine in very high doses can act as a diuretic and therefore increase the frequency of urination.
- Limit evening fluids two hours before bedtime.
- Put your bathroom trips on a regular schedule. Try going to the bathroom every couple of hours.
- Put a bell in the bathroom so that friends and care providers can be alerted if you need help.
- Use a bidet. A good quality bidet has both a warm water spray and dryer, which can make cleaning much easier.
- At night use a portable urinal and or bedpan if you find getting out of bed to make trips to the bathroom is too difficult.
- Incontinence products such as briefs and pads can also be helpful if you find it difficult to make it to the bathroom. Using washable pads in lieu of disposable plastic pads that go over the bed sheets can help keep the bed dry and also saves money.
- It is essential to use a non-skid rubber bath mat to prevent slipping.
- Using a shower stall is much easier and much safer than a shower/tub combination.
- If you must use a shower/tub combination, it is advisable to use a transfer bench. This is a seat that you sit on which allows you to scoot from the outside to the inside of the tub.
- Installing handrails is essential. The showering area should have at least two handrails installed. Do not use the towel rack, soap dishes, etc. for support.
- Use soap on a rope or tie one leg of a pair of nylons to the handrail and drop a piece of soap into the nylon leg. Then lather up through the nylon.
- Bring a cordless phone into the bathroom so that you can call for help in the case of a fall.
- Using an electric toothbrush and razor can make brushing your teeth and shaving easier.
- Use a hair dryer stand so that hair drying can be performed hands free.
- Sit down when grooming to reduce risk of falling and to conserve energy. When you are seated you can prop your elbows on the sink counter to reduce the tension on your shoulders.
– Tips provided by Team Hello! Home Care