The Effect of Parkinson’s on Mobility
In the UK, around 145,000 people are currently living with Parkinson’s disease, which equates to 1 in 500 of the population. What’s more, two new people are diagnosed with this debilitating condition every hour. 
The effects that Parkinson’s can have on a person’s life can be heart-breaking. Everyday tasks like using the stairs or even making a cup of tea can be made extremely difficult by the symptoms.
Parkinson’s sufferers lack dopamine (a chemical found in the brain) because specific nerve cells inside their brain have died.  Because of this, movements are restricted and often much slower. One of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are involuntary tremors, causing various parts of the body (most often hands and arms) to shake uncontrollably. Other symptoms include muscle stiffness and slowness of movement.
Recently, we had an enquiry from a lovely couple, Tracy and Rob who had been recommended to us by their local North Yorkshire Disability Action Group, as they needed a stairlift for Rob who suffers with a rare form of Parkinson’s and the stairs were proving to be a real struggle.
The following day, one of our advisors called to see them to carry out a survey and talk through the various options. Because of the limited space in their hallway, they opted for a new Handicare 1100 with a slide track system and automatic swivel seat.
The stairlift was professionally installed the following week and they have both been amazed at both how easy it was to operate and how much this has helped Rob with his daily life (“an absolute God Send” Tracy said later), as you can see in the lovely review below that they left us on Which? and the video they sent us.