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Products

Customized Medical Parkinson’s Braceletanh3

The“Care Medical History Bracelet” has been customized for individuals with Parkinson’s. This bracelet allows you to create a personal health record which you can carry with you at all times. The bracelet has been proven to be lifesaving in emergency situations. The bracelet can be edited from any computer, MAC or PC. No internet access is required. The program works directly from the bracelet and saves information to the bracelet.

To order:
Visit www.medicalhistorybracelet.com

Aware in Care
With more frequent hospital visits and a high sensitivity to the timing and dosing of Parkinson’s medications, people with Parkinson’s face great risks in the hospital.
To protect, prepare and empower people with Parkinson’s before, during and after a hospital visit, National Parkinson Foundation has developed a free Aware in Care kit with tools and information to share with hospital staff during a planned or emergency hospital stay.

Order your free Aware in Care kit through the National Parkinson Foundation.

Audio/Video Resources

Choose from our library
Our library houses books, dvds and videos. Listed below is a sample from our inventory:

  • Book: "Share the Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who is Seriously Ill"
  • Book: "The Comfort of Home: A Complete Guide for Caregivers"
  • Book: "Parkinson's Disease for Dummies"
  • Book: "Surviving Adversity: Living with Parkinson's Disease"
  • Book and DVD: "Parkinson's Disease & the Art of Moving"

Parkinson Association of the Rockies Library:

Additional Websites

Find more information

  • National Resource Website

  • Other Resource Websites

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Products for simpler living

Adaptive living products may help in maintaining independence and improving quality of life. There are many products available to make life a little simpler. Many of the products are helpful for those who experience tremor.

  • Compression hosiery help with restless leg.
  • Adaptive clothing including slip-on shoes, elasticized trousers and skirts and Velcro fastening make dressing easier.
  • Weighted utensils help stabilize movement and simplify eating.
  • U-Step walkers with laser lights provide a bright red laser line that can increase stride length, break freezing patterns, and enhance mobility.
  • Transfer chairs and wheelchairs.

Home Modifications make life easier

Adapt your environment to your needs. With the installation of equipment and modification of standard home features you can overcome barriers and remain living safely in your home for a longer period of time. Possibilities include:

  • Ramps
  • Elevators
  • Door hinges that provide a few extra inches
  • Lift systems
  • Elevators
  • Barrier free bathrooms including “roll-in” showers
  • Lower counter tops
  • Grab bars

Communication

Individuals with Parkinson’s may experience issues with their voice, including softness of voice and tremors. Additionally, they may have difficulties with small, illegible handwriting. The following products may be useful to enhance communication efforts.

  • Voice amplifiers – boost voice volume so others can hear you.
  • Voice recognition computer software – may help with written communication.

Resources

Adaptive Equipment
YouCanToocan – clothing, utensils, mobility aids, low vision & hearing and more
GoodHealthwill  – low priced used medical equipment
In-Step Mobility Products – U-Step Walkers

Home Modifications
Accessible Systems - Home modifications
Home Builders Foundation – Home modifications for individuals needing financial assistance.

General Resources for Adaptive Living
Accessible Denver 

Help is a call away! 303-830-1839 or 1-866-718-2996 (toll-free)

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Try out medical equipment before you purchase

We provide durable mobility equipment for people with Parkinson's to make life living with Parkinson's disease a little easier. The goal of this program is to provide equipment to members when they want to test drive a piece of equipment before they make a purchase or loan equipment, while they are working with their insurance provider to acquire their own. All equipment is for short-term loan (4-6 months). Exceptions are made for those individuals unable to secure their own equipment.

How do I take advantage of this program?

Please call our staff at 303-830-1839 to check for availability of the equipment you are in need of. At this time we will schedule an office visit to check out the item and sign a liability waiver. Equipment is loaned on a first-come first-serve basis.

How do I know which piece of equipment is right for me?

If you are unsure of what type of walker you may need, please consult your doctor or physical therapist.

What if I have purchased my own equipment and no longer have the need for these items?

We graciously accept medical equipment donations that are clean and in good working condition. These donations are tax-deductible and help us provide countless families with equipment at no cost. Please call our office at 303-830-1839 to organize the donation of equipment.

Equipment types

U-Step Walkers
The U-Step walkers were created specifically for neurological conditions. Their U-shaped base with 5-wheels provides extra support and increased range of mobility. The brakes are designed in a way that the walker will not get far ahead of the user. Users must hold in the hand brakes to walk. When the brakes are released, the walker stops, decreasing the possibility of falls. Most of our U-Step walkers have a laser attachment that benefits patients who experience freezing. The laser can be turned on down in front of the feet, which initiates movement. There is a basket that can also be used as a temporary seat. The U-Step walkers do fold, but weigh 24lbs

.U-Step Walkers – Parkinson’s Disease Equipment

Transfer Chairs
Transfer chairs are extremely helpful to caregivers needing to assist patients around the house or out and about. Our transfer chairs are light-weight, have rear wheel locks, swing away footrests, and fold for accessibility. Many have seat belts for added safety.

Transfer Chairs – Parkinson’s Disease Equipment

 

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Falls are common to people with Parkinson’s disease. Use some of these safety tips to help prevent or avoid falls and other injuries.

Standing from a sitting position:

  • Use the “nose over toes” approach when getting up from a sitting position;
    1. Move to the front edge of the seat
    2. Lean forward placing your nose over your toes
    3. Making a fist, push against the chair seat to slowly move up into a standing position
    4. Wait a few seconds before starting to walk
  • Avoid reaching for a walker or cane as the major assistance to help you stand. Walkers may scoot away causing falls.

When walking:

  • Keep one hand free when walking in order to grab railings to balance when needed
  • Swing both arms when walking to increase balance and stability
  • To improve stability, distribute your weight evenly when walking or standing by keeping legs slightly apart
  • Wear proper footwear. Low heeled shoes are best
  • Use walking aids such as walking poles or walkers if necessary

Other movement tips:

  • Cues such as visual lines (laser lights) may help to overcome freezing when walking.
  • Turn slowly, taking a slightly curved path.
  • Walking aids should be placed nearby and within easy reach of the patient.

Eliminate Tripping Hazards in the Home

  • Floors should be smooth non-slip surfaces.
  • Keep walking areas free of small objects, extension cords, and other wires.
  • Remove small throw rugs, one of the major tripping hazards in homes.
  • Install ample lighting including night lights in bathrooms and hallways.
  • Light switches should be within easy reach from the bed.
  • Install handrails on both sides of stairways and in the bathroom. Towel bars ARE NOT a substitute for strong, secure handrails.
  • Space furniture to allow for enough room to be able to move around easily.

General Safety tips:

  • Program mobile phones and land lines with emergency phone numbers and other numbers you can call for help
  • Post numbers near the phone.
  • Use non-skid bath mats and a bath chair or stool in the shower.


Safety Resources

Checklist: Home Safety: How Well Does Your Home Meet Your Needs?

For a free in-home assessment call 303-861-1810.

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