Parkinson’s Disease can make simple daily living activities challenging due to the symptoms of the condition. Especially in the bathroom. Take precautions and get the right equipment to keep you safe. A very useful assistive device is a multifunctional chair that will help the patient provide extra stability during personal hygiene.
As Parkinson’s Disease progresses, basic everyday tasks - as going to the bathroom - can become difficult due to the typical Parkinson’s Disease symptoms such as rigidity, unsteady balance and tremors.
Those living with the debilitating disease will want to try to do as much as possible to retain as much independence as they can, particularly when it comes to showering and toileting.
The Multifunctional chair
One piece of equipment that can be very helpful, is a multifunctional over toilet frame and shower chair. This affordable and innovative medical device focusses on mobility in the bathroom and will help those living with Parkinson’s to continue to go to the bathroom easily, comfortably and safely.
The chair can transform into 6 different functionalities: a raised toilet seat, a Zimmer frame, a bedside commode chair, a shower chair, a toilet surround frame and stand-assist. It’s a great helping hand!
1. Raised Toilet Seat
People with Parkinson’s may have the need to use the toilet more frequently. Getting off the toilet can be difficult if you don’t have the strength in your legs. Use an elevated or raised toilet seat to restrict over bending of your legs, which occurs when you have to sit too low.
A raised toilet seat will minimise the risk of falling and the use of muscle required to get on and off the toilet. It will allow you to use a toilet without discomfort by raising the seat and assist with transferring on and off the toilet.
Thanks to the height-adjustable legs, the toilet seat raiser can be fit to the height of the user. Bring the frame with the seat over the toilet. The seat functions as your raised toilet seat. It elevates the height of the seating. Remove the lid and you are ready!
2. Commode chair
If the toilet is difficult to access without assistance, you may use the multifunctional chair as a bedside commode chair. This is especially useful when the person with Parkinson’s has difficulty to reach the toilet at night.
The commode chair houses a potty that you can conveniently slide under the seat, converting the chair into a commode. Make sure to place the commode chair close to your bed and adjust it to the right height to make it easier to sit and stand up.
3. Shower chair
Slippery surfaces in the bathroom are the most dangerous spaces for anyone and in particular Parkinson’s sufferers. A shower chair is very useful as your balance has diminished and you will not be able to stand for a longer period of time.
The device will allow you to sit and wash without the risk of slipping or discomfort. It will also allow independence and privacy.
When standing up, move your bottom to the front of the seat ensuring your feet are firmly on the floor. Use the armrests to push yourself up into standing position.
4. Toilet Surround Frame
An over toilet aid - better known as a toilet surround frame - will assist the user in moving on and off the toilet.
Sitting down on the toilet can be a challenge. Ideally gently try to lower yourself down on the seat. You can use the frame as a handrail to bring yourself up and lowering yourself down for stability.
The height-adjustable legs will adjust the toilet frame to fit the height of the user. Bring the frame over the toilet.
The anti-slip rubber tips will offer steadiness even on wet surfaces. The plastic seat and lid clip off facilitating hygienic and easy cleaning.
5. Zimmer frame
The advantage of our multifunctional chair is the fact that you can use it as a stand-alone Zimmer frame or walker. As mobility can be a challenge, a walking frame will certainly assist you to move more safely by yourself. The walker will support and prevent you from falling.
Standing up from a sitting position can sometimes require more effort for those living with Parkinson's . That is when thus multifunctional chair comes in handy as it easily transforms in a stand-assist too.
Our standing aid has two levels of handrails to rise yourself up from your chair or couch and stand up. The assistive device offers a stable foundation to push yourself up to a standing position without turning and twisting, minimising the risk of a fall.
Foldable & lightweight
A handy feature is that the frame folds down easily in just one click for convenient storage and transport. This adaptive equipment can be transported in a car, plane or train. With its aluminium frame and moulded plastic seat, the multifunctional chair is lightweight and corrosion-resistant.
The chair comes as a flat-pack and is easy to assemble, without complicated instructions. It takes minimal time to get the multifunctional chair to become your convenient mobility solution at home! It can bear up to 100 kg.
As Parkinson’s Disease advances, simple everyday tasks such as going to the bathroom can become difficult due to the typical Parkinson’s symptoms. Investing in a multifunctional chair might be a good idea if you are looking for a useful assistive device that helps you retain your mobility and independence when it comes to personal hygiene.
This convenient piece of medical equipment will assist you with toilet, shower, bath and bedside care: all with just one device.
Need help or advice
If you would like to know more about Parkinson's especially during these challenging times, contact Parkinson's Australia or you can call the National Helpline for Parkinson's on 1800 644 189