How a Chair can Assist a Person Living with Alzheimer's
Chances are, Alzheimer's Disease is something all of us have or will be personally affected by since, according to the CDC, "the number of people living with the disease double every 5 years beyond age 65," and "by 2060 more than 14 million Americans will be diagnosed with this most common form of dementia."
Over time, this condition increases in severity, and people with Alzheimer's experience issues with fine motor skills and balance along with communication. This can lead to aches and pains that they often are unable to articulate. So if you are a caretaker, you need to be increasingly vigilant to these potential issues.
One way to assist in providing comfort and relief to an Alzheimer's patient is with a lift recliner. People dealing with Alzheimer's can get pressure sores that need proper airflow along with pressure relief. Our UltraComfort lift recliners come in a fabric that is breathable and allows airflow while providing different tilt and footrest options to place the body in the perfect relieving position.
Because of the high percentage of Alzheimer's patients having foot health issues, having a lift chair that can elevate the feet above the heart is important. Also, when feet are elevated, a caregiver can more easily perform a foot check to ensure that there aren't any other painful issues occurring.
Studies show that older people with dementia end up with more balance issues, and fall at least twice as often as their contemporaries who are cognitively healthy. Providing a lift chair option that safely brings an Alzheimer patient from a sitting to a standing position and vice versa can help. UltraComfort lift chairs not only lift a person gently to their feet but also open the backrest in such a way that the individual doesn't feel forced out of the chair but instead can find balance and footing in order to exit the chair in a safe manner. This can also be a great relief to caregivers who are otherwise using their own strength to help lift a person out of their chair.
Stop into our store to check out a lift recliner or call us for more information. And if you want to read more about how UltraComfort chairs can help your health and those around you, check out their blog here.