Care recipient (cr) with parkinson’s disease who uses a walker has trouble starting or continuing to walk forward from a position of standing still

Try: #attach a brightly-colored length of rope or tape securely between the two front legs of the walker when the cr has trouble starting or continuing to walk forward prompt him or her to walk toward the rope or tape the goal of simply moving toward something refocuses the cr’s attention away from the overwhelming process of thinking through all the steps necessary to walk and often makes forward movement possible again #make sure you have secure the rope or tape in such a way that the cr is unable to trip over it or step on it

Materials: One-and-a-half yards of brightly colored rope or tape walker

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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