How does Parkinson’s affect mobility?
Because Parkinson’s causes damage to the part of the brain that controls movement, a person living with the disease may move a lot slower, shake and have stiffened muscles. Commonly known as 'freezing', Parkinson's can cause a person to suddenly stop during an action. An example of this is when someone is walking and unable to continue moving their legs to which they may shuffle along.
Parkinson's is a progressive disease, meaning the condition will worsen over time. This can impact a person's life massively as day to day tasks such as eating and drinking or going for a walk may become more difficult because of muscle weakness.
However, it is important to note that the degree of severity and symptoms can vary from person to person.
Risk of falls for those living with Parkinson’s
Because Parkinson's affects mobility and posture, there is a heightened risk of falling. Therefore, it is important to have preventative measures in place.
Installing grab rails and ensuring carpet is secured in the home is really important in preventing falls. Similarly, there are a range of mobility aids such as rollators, walkers and wheelchairs that can be used inside and outside the home to assist with walking and day to day activities.
Mobility aids for those living with Parkinson's Disease
Mobility products can improve a person’s quality of life dramatically through providing physical support.
At Wheelfreedom, we have supplied mobility equipment to people living with Parkinson's disease for over 14 years. We pride ourselves in being trusted, knowledgeable, impartial, dependable and progressive.
Our team is made up of product specialists and engineers who have an exceptional understanding of health conditions and mobility solutions. We are able to provide a range of mobility equipment from basic non-prescriptive products, to prescriptive, bespoke mobility aids to suit your individual needs.
Whether you need a wheelchair temporarily following an accident, or require something longer term, we sell and hire the following equipment:
Below are some examples of products we stock at Wheelfreedom that may suit a person living with Parkinson's.