Updated May 22, 2019 10:03:58 A wooden rocking bench, often used for backyard entertainment, is a popular choice for people who live with children.
But wooden rocking benches are not an option for adults who have dementia, as the chair may be too heavy for their hands and feet to move, said Dr Lisa Molloy, chair of dementia services at the Alzheimer’s Society of NSW.
“I know of two families where a wooden rocking Chair was the only option for a person who has dementia,” she said.
“For some, this may be because of the chair being too heavy or being too tall.”
For those living with dementia, it’s not just the weight of the chairs that can be a problem, but the lack of adequate caregiving, said Mr Jarry.
“It’s quite a challenge to get a chair and put it together,” he said.
Mr Jarry is among those with dementia who prefer wooden rocking stools, which sit upright on a flat surface and can be moved with ease.
“A chair that is just as comfortable as a normal chair can be put together in about 20 minutes, so it’s easy to do,” he told 7.30.
The wooden rocking stool can also be moved easily, with a screwdriver.
“You can actually put your finger on the back and pull it back,” he explained.
“So it’s very easy to get into it, and you can move it around and get the movement in.”‘
I think it’s the best solution’Mr Jardie’s problem is not unique to him.
“People with dementia need to be able to move around a lot and I think it is the best thing,” he added.
“The chair is really, really hard to move with one hand.”
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