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Parkinson's WA Survey: AT users have their say

Apr 28, 2023, 11:16 AM by Matilda Gerrans
As part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, which is acknowledged in April each year, Indigo has partnered with Parkinson’s WA to research how those with the condition use assistive technology, and how AT can be used to help them in the future.  

Approximately 100,000 people in Australia are living with Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological condition that affects the brain, muscles, and overall movement of the body.  

While Parkinson’s affects many people over the age of 60, young people can also develop the condition, and it affects both men and women.  

Discovering what types of assistive technology those with Parkinson’s use, and their experiences using AT in different areas of their life, can not only help others with the condition, but also inform and educate allied health staff so they can better support Parkinson’s clients.  

As part of the survey, we have collated the top assistive technology devices that were recommended by the respondents – here are the best AT products for those with Parkinson’s around the home and in the community. For a full list of the suggested products, visit our article Product in Focus: Parkinson’s Essentials.  

  • Electric Recliner/Lift Chair - make sitting down and standing up more accessible with remote control recline and standing support.
  • Electric Bed - can make getting in and out of your bed easier and more comfortable. 
  • Shower Chair -  a useful tool to use in a wet environment and enables those with decreased balance or mobility to use a shower safely and independently. 
  • Bathroom Rails - can reduce the risk of injury, particularly in wet and slippery environments. 
  • Walking Aids - wheelchairs, walkers, or walking sticks can not only assist in getting around the home, but also enable greater independence in the community as well.  
One of Indigo’s integral services is working with allied health staff and clients to provide tailored solutions and assistive technology that promotes independence and improves our client’s daily life. We are looking to partner with other organisations in the disability and aged care sectors to research the impact that AT has on those with lived experience, and what assistive technology they find helpful.  

If you are from an organisation that would like to partner with Indigo in a similar way to this, please contact us