Glider Chairs

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.

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.