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Planning Ahead

Should there be an accident in the home, planning to be prepared for you to be on crutches or in a wheelchair is helpful upon your return. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • If you become immobile, where in the residence do you plan to reside? In the master bedroom, on the first floor, in the living room?

  • If needed, where would you place a hospital bed?

  • Are all door facing entry ways suitable for wheelchairs and walkers - at least 36" wide?

  • Will you need wheelchair access to enter your home should there be an incident - such as a ramp for entry?

  • If given a choice, would you prefer to upgrade your current shower/tub or at home bath to a walk-in style?

  • Have you considered a lift chair to make it easier to get up and down from a seated position?

  • Do you have plenty of rubber grip socks and shoes to wear when walking around the residence?

Remember to keep these products on hand:

  • Air filters

  • Fire Alarm Batteries

  • Flashlights with batteries

  • Night lights with automatic timers

Disclaimer: The Parkinson Association of Alabama stresses the importance of home safety by offering the following awareness and education. However, the PAA cannot be held liable for any falls within the home, or guarantee the endorsement of product brands or services as related to home safety.

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