Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that primarily affects movement and is characterized by a variety of motor and non-motor symptoms. It results from the gradual degeneration of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain, particularly in the substantia nigra.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in regulating motor control, mood, and various other functions.
Common motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), rigidity, and postural instability. Non-motor symptoms can encompass mood changes, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbances, and autonomic dysfunction, among others. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic condition that typically develops slowly and progresses over time, impacting an individual’s ability to perform daily activities and maintain independence.
Management of Parkinson’s disease often involves a combination of medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments to alleviate symptoms and maintain the highest possible quality of life. Assistive devices, including specialized beds, can play a role in enhancing comfort and safety for individuals with Parkinson’s.
Centrobed’s Bed Functions for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease:
Patients with Parkinson’s disease have specific healthcare needs due to their motor and non-motor symptoms. The choice of bed functions for these patients should prioritize their comfort, safety, and support for managing symptoms related to mobility, posture, and sleep disturbances. Here are some bed functions and considerations that may be beneficial for patients with Parkinson’s:
- Adjustable Bed Height: An adjustable bed height allows patients to get in and out of bed more easily, making transfers and daily activities more manageable. It accommodates individuals with mobility challenges, particularly during episodes of freezing or postural instability. It can also greatly assist carers with transfers, lowing the individual to the required height level with ease and no strain.
- Full Profiling Options: Full profiling capabilities, including adjustable head and foot sections, provide flexibility for patients with Parkinson’s to find comfortable positions for resting, reading, or engaging in activities. Full profiling allows patients to find the most comfortable position for resting, eating, and engaging in therapeutic activities. It can also facilitate easier transfers in and out of the bed. Functions of a bed such as the High/Low function, which is where the bed is able to change its floor height, can also heavily assist in easier transfers.
- Tilt-in-Space Functionality: Tilt-in-space features allow the entire bed frame to tilt backward or forward. This function can be beneficial for:
- Pressure Sore Prevention: Regularly changing the patient’s position can help prevent pressure sores, which may be a concern due to changes in mobility and posture.
- Respiratory Support: Tilted positioning can assist with lung function and breathing for patients with Parkinson’s who may have respiratory challenges or sleep disturbances.
- Central Locking System: A central locking system for the bed’s wheels ensures stability during care activities and minimizes the risk of unintended bed movement, which can be disruptive and unsafe for patients with Parkinson’s. All of our beds will have 4 – 8 wheels along its base, dependent on size, which each have their own braking system and an extremely high weight capacity.
- Pressure-Relief Mattress: A pressure-relief mattress helps distribute body weight evenly, reducing the risk of pressure sores and enhancing comfort during sleep. Centrobed offers a variety of mattresses for a multitude of reasons and conditions, please get in touch for further information.
- Patient Positioning Aids: Built-in positioning aids, such as trapeze bars or handles, can assist patients with mobility and repositioning, promoting independence and comfort. We at Centrobed offer multiple assistive aides such as our leg lifters, which can assist with getting in/out of bed.
- Battery Backup: In case of power outages, battery backup ensures that essential bed functions remain operational, maintaining patient comfort and safety. All of our turning beds offer a battery back-up which has a 24 hour running time to ensure that no patient is stuck in an uncomfortable and possibly painful position.
- Assistive Technology Integration: Integration with assistive technology, such as patient lifts or communication devices, can help patients with Parkinson’s move safely and comfortably in and out of bed and communicate effectively. Back in July 2023 Centrobed was at the Disability Expo at the London ExCel centre – we partnered with multiple companies which were able to integrate their products with our beds to assist in activities such as gaming.
It’s important to involve healthcare professionals, including neurologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, in assessing the patient’s specific needs and recommending the most suitable bed and equipment to enhance their comfort, safety, and quality of life while living with Parkinson’s disease. Please speak to a member of our team with any enquiries, we’re here to help!