ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE & THE PRODUCTS THAT HELP

About Alzheimer’s Disease & Its Symptoms

The Alzheimer’s Society Canada describes Alzheimer’s as an irreversible disease that destroys brain cells, causing thinking ability and memory to deteriorate. In early stages of the disease a person will have some cognitive loss such as memory which can progress to confusion, mood and behavioural changes, disorientation and then into physical symptoms such as issues with walking, speaking and swallowing.

Mobility & Accessibility Devices

There are a number of devices that help people with Alzheimer’s disease remain safe and mobile, as well as offer peace of mind to their loved ones in the process. Your healthcare team can help you determine the devices that are best for you.

An Alarm Systems may become necessary to keep a person safe. People with Alzheimer's disease have a tendency to wander and there are several alarm options to alert caregivers when a person leaves their bed, wheelchair, chair or room.

Call the Motion Specialties location nearest you for more information.

Canes. A cane is the most basic mobility product for any situation where balance becomes an issue.

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Walkers/Rollators - Walkers, also known as rollators, can be a benefit to people who have the need for a walking aid but find that a cane does not provide enough support.

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Aids to Daily Living (ADL)Aids to daily living (ADL) can help a person to perform common tasks, such as meal preparation, eating, dressing and personal care. ADLs include reachers, large-handled cutlery, dressing aides, jar/can openers and more.

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Manual Wheelchairs are available in a wide range of styles and can be customized to optimize functionality. Basic chairs are suited for occasional use due to their weight, but are often adjustable to better match a user's physical requirements. Lightweight adjustable wheelchairs can be customized to an individual user and dramatically reduce the effort required to wheel the chair as they tend to be lighter in weight, thereby increasing manoeuverability and functionality and lessoning the risk of repetitive use injuries of the shoulders, arms and hands.

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Transport Chairs are smaller, lighter versions of manual wheelchairs that are easier to fold and easier to load into a vehicle. Transport chairs cannot be propelled by the user because of their small rear wheel size.

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Bathroom Aids are essential for people with mobility impairments. Bath seats, transfer benches and bath boards, in combination with hand held showers, allow people to sit down while bathing to increase comfort and safety. Raised toilet seats make a toilet higher, making it easier for a person to stand up. Grab bars and toilet safety frames will also help to make bathrooms safer.

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Grab Bars are essential for anyone with balance and strength issues and useful for any room in the house. They are most often seen in bathrooms but can be installed anywhere it might be important to have a solid handhold available.

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Lift Chairs are excellent devices that comfortably raise someone from or lower someone to a seated position. When the user is standing, the chair will gently lower them into a seated or reclined position. When they are seated, the chair will safely, securely and easily raise them to a standing position.

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Incontinence products range from pads for minor urinary incontinence to full adult diapers for those with total incontinence.

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Incontinence products

Commodes can be helpful for people who are not able to stand or who cannot stand for long periods of time, and are available with or without wheels. Those without wheels are typically used at the bedside and wheeled models can be rolled over a toilet. Shower commodes can also be used in an accessible shower.

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Commodes

Home Care Beds , also known as hospital-style beds, provide added comfort for people who must spend long periods of time in bed. Their adjustability can also make a caregiver's job much easier.

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