Kitchen Safety Tips

The kitchen can be a difficult place to navigate safely for patients with PD. The following are a few tips on how to use your kitchen in safer, more manageable ways.

Cabinet handles

  • Use longer cabinet handles versus knobs because handles make it easier to open and close cupboard doors.


  • Install sliding drawers to store commonly used items to avoid the need to reach or bend over too far to look in the back of the drawer.


  • A single handle faucet is easier to control and turn on and off.

Items for Cooking

  • Place commonly used items for cooking such as spices near the stove to avoid reaching over the stove which may cause burns.


  • Install a fixture on the wall to keep commonly used pots and pans to ease reach on preparation for cooking tasks.


  • Use a long-handed reacher for lightweight items on high shelves.
  • Additional shelves and hooks can be used under cabinets.

Smoke Alarm

  • Install a smoke alarm to alert you of fire danger.

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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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