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Product Listing – Glider Chairs

Glider Chairs

Optima Products, Inc.

$900. Available in a variety of waterproof fabrics and finishes. May require some assembly after delivery; check with vendor.

The Alzheimer’s Store

The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

Glider chairs are not the same as rocking chairs – a flat stable base allows for a gentle sliding motion and they do not tip over. Some less expensive chairs glide further back, making them hard to get in and out of. The manufacturer of this glider chair states that it automatically locks when the person sits down or gets up. For example, when the person attempts to rise, the seat will not glide all the way back, allowing for a safer transfer.

Safety Wise! Even though persons with dementia successfully use gliders, you need to be careful that the person does not trip over the chair legs. You may want to cover them with brightly colored tape to make them more noticeable.

During later stages of dementia, the person may have difficulty getting up from a glider chair. At that point, you may want to consider a motorized lift-up chair.

This product has not been tested by Thiscaringhome.org

Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.

How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".

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