Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Mandy Meyer


Activities of Daily Living; Caregivers -- education; Independent Living -- education; Parkinson Disease -- rehabilitation


The purpose of Occupational Therapy’s involvement with the YMCA in Developing a Program to Address Activities of Daily Living in Those with Parkinson’s Disease was to create a protocol that addresses the needs of those with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), specifically focusing on the area of activities of daily living (ADL). Through the use of occupational therapy perspectives and techniques, this program focuses on increasing and/or maintaining independence and safety during daily tasks in those with PD.

This program was influenced by the Person-Environment-Occupation model due to the transactional approach towards occupational performance. This model focuses on finding the best “fit” between personal, environmental, and occupational factors that lead to performance in everyday activity (Hinojosa, Kramer, Royeen, 2017). This program is designed for the local YMCA in Grand Forks ND and occupational therapists that work with the population of people with mild to moderate PD. Current programs at the YMCA do not include occupational therapy and ADL training. Because of this, the program will compliment current programs. The goal of this program is to provide education and training to individuals with PD in order to allow for them to be as independent as possible and remain in the home environment as well as providing education to caregivers to assist with this process.

This program is to be used by occupational therapists to provide education and ADL training through the use of interventions. These interventions include: mobility and safety within the home during all ADL tasks, meal preparation, dressing, grooming, bathroom mobility, and equipment maintenance.