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Caring for loved ones with Parkinson's

The Parkinson's journey, like any journey, is highly individual. During Parkinson's Awareness month in April, we want to spotlight how Parkinson's affects caregivers and their loved ones during mealtimes.

Despite a Parkinson's diagnosis, mealtimes remain an integral part of our daily lives. Heightening our awareness of the day-to-day struggles that individuals with Parkinson's face. Simplifying mealtime is the most common advice people with Parkinson’s receive, such as using a plate guards to get food on utensils. But what about getting your loved one with Parkinson’s to the table safely? 

Senior laughing and dining at a diner table

Solutions for the act of eating are well established, but many ignore the difficulty it can be to move a loved one to the table. Many neglect the importance of preventing falls in the dining room for not only people living with Parkinson’s but the caregiver as well. 

Seating Seniors chairs serves as a valuable tool, ensuring the safety of both caregivers and people with Parkinson's during mealtimes. Additionally, it restores a sense of dignity to the daily dining experience. Caring for a loved one living with Parkinson’s can be a daunting challenge for both family members and caregivers. Mealtimes can be especially challenging for persons living with Parkinson’s, as they are at risk of falling due to the neurological disorder which causes uncontrolled movements including shaking, stiffness and difficulty with balance and coordination.

Caregivers experience increased levels of stress and anxiety when monitoring a loved one’s actions. Any attempt by their loved one to get seated without their support could result in a fall or injury. Introducing chairs that swivel, roll and brake for safety, into the dining room can alleviate the physical demands placed on caregivers. Ensuring a safer and more convenient mealtime experience. Specialized seating by ComforTek reduces caregiver injury by eliminating pushing, pulling and lifting on a daily basis. 

The dining room table is positioned in the Trip Zone. The Trip Zone comprised of 13 touch-points that include the leg of the table, legs of the chair, and the legs of the caregiver and person with Parkinson’s. It is not uncommon for a person with Parkinson’s to bump into furniture while attempting to get seated in a chair. This can have disastrous results, as any unintended contact with the chair can cause it to move unexpectedly, often resulting in a fall or injury.

Visit Chairs that Swivel, Chairs that Roll, and Retrofitting Existing Chairs for returning to the dining table with ease and safety. Available in Plus Size as well.