How to make a home safe for someone with Parkinson's?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 13, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

what is required by medicare to have someone with Parkinson to live at home and be covered 24/7. that is nescessary grab bars, wheelchairs, beds toilet chairs of seats etc.

Expert Answers

As Founder and Director of Circles of Care, Ann Cason provides caregiving, consulting, and training services to individuals and public and private organizations involved in eldercare. She is the author of Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Home Care for Our Elders.

I'm not sure whether I understand the question. Medicare won't pay for the actual care giving. They will pay for the equipment that the doctor orders.

There is good news for those suffering from Parkinson's. In the near future medicare may pay for home visits from a nurse, occupational therapist, and physical therapist that the doctor might order. Also, Melanie Haiken of has written an interesting article about how to pay for in-home care called 8 Creative Ways to Pay for In-home Care. However, if you need care 24/7 which many who suffer from Parkinson's do need, you may require more money than can be raised in these creative ways.

The amount of care needed for Parkinson's is varied as the illness has several stages according to the physical debilitation. But frequently, depression, sleep disorders, paranoia, apathy, and dementia cause trouble beyond what grab bars and wheelchairs can help.

I recommend that you consult with a Professional Geriatric Care Manager, Medical Social Worker, or RN to help assess the safety based on your individual needs.

You might want to ask your Area Agency on Aging for advice based on your loved ones physical, mental, and financial condition.