Assistive Devices for Those with Parkinsons. This is a brief overview of possible adaptive devices to recommend to your patients with Parkinson’s. . Outline. What is Parkinson’s? Assistance with Gait Assistance with Eating/Feeding Bed Mobility Bathroom Assistance.
This is a brief overview of possible adaptive devices to recommend to your patients with Parkinson’s.
Those with Parkinson’s typically have a freezing gait
A walker allows for greater independence
Make sure the walkers have brakesRolling Walkers
An electrical wheelchair would be the best option since a person would not be able to push him/herselfWheelchairs
Bed Assist Rail
Other Devices- Overhead Trapezee Bar
I would imagine that this presentation would be made during a multidisciplinary discussion in a larger outpatient setting or in a nursing home setting. The people who would be interested in adaptive equipment for Parkinson’s are the people with the most contact with that population. As Physical Therapists, it is important that we keep our patient’s safety in our goals at all times, especially when those with Parkinson’s are at an increased risk for falls and balance issues. Physical therapists need to know what is available for clients, in case we need to write for insurance coverage for any of the adaptive equipment. Occupational therapists are more likely to need the adaptive equipment pertaining to feeding, dressing and grooming. Physical therapists will have more of a need to know what is out there for gait, bed mobility and bathing. Physical therapists have the capability to recommend equipment to their patients and can make sure that the patient is using the most appropriate adaptive equipment that is necessary at that time.
Even though this document is very basic, it is able to be used not just in multidisciplinary rounds or in-services, but also to distribute to clients and/or clients’ caregivers. A slightly more interactive presentation would be interesting for health care professionals, but it is a presentation that is also able to be printed out and converted into a brochure to hand out.
I would use this piece in my final portfolio. It shows that I have researched a topic and that I understand the importance of having a multi-disciplinary approach to certain populations of patients.