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Specialist seating for people with dementia/Alzheimer’s

We’re all becoming more aware of dementia and Alzheimer’s and how these diseases affect people as they age. Although they may not have any immediate physical effects, we can specify seating for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s to stay as comfortable and supported as possible over time.

If you require specialist seating urgently for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, please get in touch. We are still able to take orders and arrange delivery.

You can book a video assessment or contact our specialist team directly for assistance.

Stop Slipping

One key problem for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia is that they slip forward in their chair. This is certainly something to be concerned about in terms of a lack of postural support and poor positioning that may result in pressure injuries and spinal pain.

A raked seat can help to keep your client in a healthy seated position with very little chance of sliding forwards in the chair (find out what else a raked seat can help with here). The Flexi Porter care chair is equipped with this as well as a sliding footplate, which also help to stop you from sliding forward because they can keep their feet on the ground.

In terms of riser recliner chairs, the Copgrove is a popular option in seating for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s. This chair innovatively allows the seat to tilt backwards and become raked whilst your client can keep their feet on the ground.

The Copgrove is a popular option in seating for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s

Backrest and Back Angle

A backrest with lateral support is also beneficial to people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This is because people tend to slump to one side or another when sat for a long time, and lateral support will help them to keep a healthy midline spine position.

It also helps your client feel secure and well-supported in both care chairs and rise and recline chairs.

An extra back angle is also advantageous because it opens up your hip angle. This teamed with tilt-in-space will give you the most comfortable positioning available without compromising on support and alignment.

Tilt-in-space also helps to stop your client from sliding out of the chair and redistributes their weight over a larger surface area to prevent pressure injuries from occurring.

Fabrics and Handsets

It’s not uncommon for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia to suffer from incontinence, so fabric choice is key. To prevent any long-lasting damage that could be caused by accidents, we recommend having the chair covered in a waterproof material that can be wiped clean.

Having a breathable fabric will also be much more comfortable for your client when they are sat for prolonged periods of time.

Another thing to think about it whether or not your client should have access to the handset. If they do not quite have enough cognitive function, then you may want to attach the handset to the back of the chair.

This means that your client cannot easily access it, and ultimately, the caregiver controls the positioning of the chair. Key-to-lock handsets are also available, which locks the controls away from anyone who does not have a key.

The Flexi Porter is an ideal chair for someone with dementia

The Flexi Porter has a raked seat and is covered in a breathable, waterproof fabric.

Summary

These are some of the main things to consider when specifying seating for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s. It is very much a case-by-case basis as to how affected the client is, but it’s always worth including these things in a chair just in case.

For people who perhaps don’t require a riser recliner or care chair yet, then a high back chair may be more suited. In any case, get in touch with our seating specialists if you have any queries.

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Good evening,
    I would like to receive some information on the pricing for these chairs please and also If you ship these internationally?
    Thank you.

    1. Lucie Hudson says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for getting in contact. I’ve passed your query on to our sales team and they’ll be in touch with the options for you.

      Thanks
      Lucie

  2. Rachel Bishop says:

    Please could you send me a brochure and price list.

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Thank you for commenting. I will get a brochure sent over to you now.

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  3. Emma says:

    Hello how much please

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Emma,

      Thanks for your comment. We have chairs at a range of different price points to help support people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
      So, the price would depend on which chair you were interested in. I’ve asked a colleague to get in touch to discuss the different options & prices.

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  4. Debbie Sandels says:

    I would appreciate contact with your marketing team
    I need to acquire a chair for my mother who is well into Altzeimers unfortunately
    Thank you

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Debbie,

      Thank you for your comment. I’ve asked a member of the team to get in touch.

      They will be able to discuss the different seating options with you and help you find the best option for your mother.

      All the best to you both.

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  5. Nicolette says:

    Hi there ,
    I’m looking for a chair for my father who is in later stages of Alzheimer’s . Could you tell me if you have a distributor that I can order from in Canada ?

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Nicolette, many thanks for your comment! I’m sure we can help, I’ll ask one of the team to get in touch.
      Kind regards
      Tristan

  6. Julie wienecke says:

    I would like information and pricing for my mom who has dementia. She slumps and lists to the side when seated

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Thanks for your enquiry Julie – I’m sure we can help with this! I will ask one of our seating specialists to get in touch.

      Kind regards
      Tristan

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