25 Gift Ideas for People with Parkinson's Disease

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Parkinson's disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system. Although there are a variety of symptoms of the disease, it is often characterized by body tremors, rigid muscles, and slow movement. 

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Parkinson's may also affect the patient's personality. Even if your family member enjoyed something in the past, you might find that their nature and preferences have changed due to the disease.

Since Parkinson's patients typically have a difficult time moving, you might consult lists of gifts for the bedridden. 

Birthday or Holiday Gifts for Loved Ones with Parkinson's

What does your loved one truly want for a birthday or holiday? You could buy a small gift or go all out with these gift ideas for people with Parkinson’s disease.  

1. Pedicure

Depending on where on the body the person's tremors occur, you may want to take your friend out for a pedicure. Those with Parkinson's suffer from stiff muscles and your loved one may be unable to paint their toenails on their own. 

Consider your friend’s condition before purchasing this gift. Only buy it if you are able to transport your friend to the spa and assist them in getting in and out of the chair.

You can also consider picking up a manicure and pedicure set and bringing the spa to your friend's home.

2. Audiobook streaming service

Your friend may already have a streaming video service or cable TV, but they may not have an audiobook account. Get your friend started by purchasing some of your favorite novels. Your friend may need technical assistance to get started with the gift.

3. Digital photo frame

Your friend may have a difficult time managing large photo albums. Instead, load a digital photo frame with images from their life. Consider scanning some of the older photos so the digital frame can include pictures from various decades.  

4. Cleaning service

Your friend may have difficulty cleaning their house due to Parkinson’s. Consider hiring a maid service for your friend or promise to come over every two weeks to give the place a proper cleaning. 

5. Weighted blanket

Weighted blankets are go-to gifts for people who suffer from anxiety. Your friend or family member may feel calmer with a weighted lap pad, shoulder wrap, or blanket. However, please do not expect it to lessen the shaking.

6. A piece of cake

You don't have to get anything fancy for your friend with a birthday. People with Parkinson's sometimes have difficulty walking, so they may love merely spending the afternoon with you at their home.

Of course, it wouldn't be a birthday without cake and ice cream. Depending on your loved one’s Parkinson’s severity, you may need to feed them the treat.

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7. Seat lift

Your family member may already have a recliner that helps them move to a standing position. You may not realize that you can place portable products in dining room chairs or other living room chairs that can help your loved one stand.

These chair lifts may enable your loved one to remain independent for a bit longer.

8. Digital clock

Parkinson's patients sometimes have memory issues. If your loved one loses track of time, consider purchasing a clock that provides the time of day and date. Some can be set with voice reminders that it is time to take medicine or eat a meal. 

9. Weighted utensils

If your loved one struggles to feed himself, you may see if weighted utensils help the situation. You may also see if a weighted plate helps.

It’s hard to know what to say when someone is sick. Instead of offering sympathy messages, consider purchasing gifts that may keep your loved one as independent as possible. 

10. Weighted writing gloves

Consider seeing if a weighted handwriting glove would help if your friend's shaking prevents them from writing. 

11. Commode

Making the trek from the bedroom to the bathroom in the middle of the night may be exhausting for your friend. Eliminate the long journey by providing a commode for your family member.

12. Shirt with magnetic buttons

Your friend or family member wants to remain independent for as long as possible. Consider purchasing clothing that is easy to get on and easy to remove. Button-up shirts may be easier to get on than over-the-head shirts but your family member may have a difficult time manipulating the buttons. 

Look for assistive devices for dressing such as long-reach shoe horns or shirts with magnetic buttons

13. Bed assist

Your loved one may have a difficult time getting in and out of bed. Depending upon how far the Parkinson's has progressed, they may be able to use one of the many types of bed assistance items

14. Long-handled bath brush

Your family member's muscles may have become rigid because of the disease. Bathing may be tricky. A long-handled bath brush with luxury liquid bath soap may be appreciated. 

Cozy or Relaxing Gifts for Loved Ones With Parkinson's

Are you looking for a relaxing gift for someone in the hospital or for someone who is recovering at home? These gift ideas may be appropriate for someone who has Parkinson's. 

15. Pillow

Your friend may have a difficult time getting comfortable in bed. Having a variety of sizes and styles of pillows may help your friend create just the right comfort level. 

16. Flowers

Fresh-cut flowers certainly brighten up a room. Surprise your friend or family member with a bouquet of their favorite buds.

17. Luxurious sheets

Check the size of your loved one's bed and purchase a new set of soft sheets. Your friend may have a difficult time getting out of bed, so you may want to choose a slicker material rather than a flannel set.

18. Fish tank

Looking at a fish tank can lower a person's blood pressure. This relaxing gift will also give your bedridden friend something to look at besides a screen.

Of course, if you bring a fish tank into the house, you must be in charge of feeding the fish and cleaning the tank.

19. Bird feeder

Check with a birder in your area to learn what types of bird feeders and seeds bring in the most feathered friends.

Place the bird feeder in a place visible from your loved one's favorite chair. You may also add a book about area birds to the gift. 

20. Sweet treats

What is your family member's favorite treat? Is it cherry pie, chocolate cake, or frosted animal crackers? Would they love an assortment of baked goods? Learn what items your loved one craves and bring some to them.

21. Electric blanket

Some people with Parkinson's have a difficult time with temperature regulation. If your family member is always cold, consider purchasing an electric blanket.

Check with your loved one’s doctor before making the purchase. Your family member may need to be monitored when using the gift.

22. Lotion

Aromatherapy can be a powerful thing. Since lavender has a calming effect, consider gifting your family member with lavender-scented luxury body lotions

23. Sweater

Purchase a lovely cashmere sweater in your loved one's favorite color. 

24. Cozy robe

Robes are soft and warm, but they are also easy for people with Parkinson's to get on without assistance. If you buy matching slippers, make sure they are made of a non-slip material and fit well. Ill-fitting shoes can cause older adults to fall or trip.

25. Essential oil diffuser

Your friend or family member may enjoy having soothing smells waft through the house. Oil diffusers can be beautiful to look at as well. 

Other Ways to Assist a Parkinson's Patient

As the disease progresses, your loved one may become less independent. They may need assistance with grocery shopping or preparing food. They may also need help cleaning and maintaining a house and writing checks to pay bills. 

As time passes, your family member may need help dressing, bathing, eating, and toileting.  

Besides helping with these necessary acts, they will need your emotional support. Imagine how difficult it would be if your thoughts and memories were intact, but your body refused to cooperate with your commands. It would be frustrating and embarrassing not to be able to care for yourself.

Arm yourself with patience and understanding as you care for your loved one with Parkinson's. Instead of becoming frustrated with the situation, try to put yourself in the patient's shoes. 

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