From restlessness to calmness in the ZEN Care Chair
Persons with a neurological condition, such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease, often feel restless. This can lead to agitation. This is not pleasant for the person involved: it has a negative effect on their well-being. For family and professional caregivers, this restlessness can also take its toll.
The ZEN Care Chair has been specially developed for persons who experience restlessness as a result of their condition. The unique and adjustable rocking motion* ensures relaxation and reduced restlessness. This rocking motion can often cause the user to fall asleep. This improves the degree of restfulness.
The electrically operated functions of the ZEN Care Chair are set in motion by using a simple hand control.
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*ZEN Care Chair rocking motion is protected by a patent.
Research: rocking works!
With an expected growth in the number of people with dementia, the agitation and behavioural problems associated with this will only increase. Examples of these problems include restlessness, constant wandering around, tapping on the table, shouting, calling out and scratching. At the same time, the health care sector is trying to mitigate measures restricting the personal freedoms of patients. Over the coming years therefore, we will be faced with considerable challenges.
In the meantime, various studies have shown that a rocking motion can make a positive contribution to reducing agitation. Applied research with the ZEN Care Chair and in pilot projects has confirmed this. Various health-care providers who have been working with the chair have since been witnessing its favourable effects. If you would like more information on these studies and the pilot projects, click on ‘Read more’.
• As early as 1998 studies were being carried out at the University of Rochester into the effects of a rocking motion with persons with dementia. Over a period of six weeks, trials were carried out on 25 subjects seated in traditional rocking chairs. The longer they rocked, the better the effect on their well-being. In addition, the group which regularly used the rocking chairs, required less medication than the control group.
• Another research study, carried out by Pieper et al. in the Netherlands in 2013, revealed that interventions aimed at reducing pain, as well as influencing behaviour, were most effective in combating agitation, depression and restlessness in persons with dementia. Rocking therapy was reported as being one of these interventions.
Applied research and pilot projects
The ZEN Care Chair with an electrically-powered Slow Motion rocking motion underwent meticulous development on the basis of applied research and pilot projects conducted in nursing homes in the Netherlands and Germany. The research was carried out in 2019 and the pilots took place in 2020 and 2021.
The research at Tante Louise health-care facility, location Hof van Nassau (Steenbergen)
Amongst all subjects an objective reduction in agitation was observed:
• Less physical and verbal agitation
The researcher concluded that the Fitform armchair could be successfully used in care institutions as part of an individual intervention plan. The simple act of rocking in the care chair, even in the home setting, was enough to put an agitated patient at ease. The intervention is particularly useful if the agitation has a disruptive effect on the rest of the group and staffing capacity does not allow for one-to-one support.
Examples of feedback from the care homes following the pilot studies:
Multiple positive effects
The ZEN Care Chair not only gives more rest and relaxation, it also has a favourable effect on behaviour and well-being. The following positive effects are now also understood:
The Fitform 564 ZEN Care Chair meets the requirements set by the EU MDR (Medical Device Regulation) 2017/745 with respect to Class 1 medical devices.
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Features and functions
The Fitform 564 ZEN Care Chair is a special model of the Fitform 574 Vario armchair. The key features of the care chair are:
How the ZEN Care Chair works
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Upholstery and options
Cushions for the head/neck
Fold-away side panel