Daily living equipment

If you have Parkinson’s, you may find it more difficult to do some of the everyday tasks and activities that you used to do easily.

This information looks at what equipment and gadgets are available, and how these things may help you to feel more in control of everyday tasks. It also includes details of how to get the equipment and what funding options are available to pay for it.

We developed these suggestions with help from researchers at King’s College London. They carried out research on what equipment and gadgets are used by people with Parkinson’s and their carers, and whether they helped increase people’s safety, wellbeing and quality of life. 

Parkinson’s affects everyone differently and what suits one person may not suit another, so we can't provide recommendations on specific pieces of equipment that you may need.

Equipment can also be expensive and is not always the answer to a person’s needs. Get advice from an occupational therapist, or your GP or Parkinson’s nurse, if you think you might benefit from a piece of equipment.

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Daily living equipment (PDF, 618KB)

We know lots of people would rather have something in their hands to read rather than look at a screen, so you can order printed copies of our information by post, phone or email.

Bob's story

"I've been using this walker for about a year now and it's really made people want to help me more.

"Before that I had a walking stick for about 6 months, and before that I was trying to struggle along without any aids at all."

Last updated May 2017. We review all our information within 3 years. If you'd like to find out more about how we put our information together, including references and the sources of evidence we use, please contact us at publications@parkinsons.org.uk.