Education in Motion / EIM Blog / June 2023 / Addressing Parkinson's Disease Symptoms with the Gemino 30 Rollator

Addressing Parkinson's Disease Symptoms with the Gemino 30 Rollator

Parkinson's disease is a chronically progressive, neurogenerative disease. Due to a disturbance in the neurotransmitter balance in the basal ganglia, motor output is altered and presents in a variety of movement disorders.1

Symptoms typical of Parkinson's disease include stiff muscles (rigor), movement disorders (akinesia, hypokinesia, bradykinesia), uncontrollable tremors, and a stooped posture. All of these symptoms contribute to reduced balance and function. Additional symptoms can include speaking and swallowing difficulties, disturbances in blood pressure, digestion, sleep, and mental impacts including depression and dementia.2

"To delay the clinical progression of movement limitations, staying active safely is essential."

To address these presentations, a rollator is commonly prescribed for fall prevention and to prevent secondary effects of advanced age, inactivity, or previous falls.3 Rollators are lightweight, often under 8 kg, and are foldable for easy storage. Its four 20 cm wheels expand the user's base of support to improve user balance, and they can be controlled safely using the hand brakes. Most rollators offer a seat to support users resting when out in the community and a basket to carry personal items with ease.

These features are especially pertinent in Parkinson's populations where postural instability and muscle stiffness contribute to reduced balance and fatigue.4 This often deters individuals from being active and engaging with family and friends, shrinking their support network when they need it most.

To delay the clinical progression of movement limitations, staying active safely is essential. A typical rollator compensates for balance impairments in general. The Gemino 30 Parkinson rollator specifically addresses Parkinsonian movement disorders to encourage safe movement – with confidence.

Gemino 30 Parkinson rollator
Gemino 30 Parkinson rollator

Laser cueing

Akinesia, the so-called "freezing," often causes difficulty in initiating or completing purposeful movement.5 The Gemino 30 Parkinson rollator has built-in laser cueing to facilitate stepping into a flowing gait pattern. The transparent line serves as a guide for longer and larger step length to challenge akinesia, overcome freezing, and promote continued stepping.

Gemino 30 laser line visualization
Visualization of the laser line, activated using a button on the push handles.

Slow down & reversing brake system

If the user presents with hypokinesia, it may manifest as rapid jerks and/or shuffling gait. They often find themselves walking in faster, smaller steps without adequate foot clearance, becoming a tripping hazard. As the disease progresses, this can culminate in recurrent falls. A standard rollator that isn't designed to address these balance deficits can move away from the user and predispose them to a near-miss or fall.

Slow-down brake

The slow-down brake used in the Gemino 30 Parkinson rollator provides protection during hypokinesia as well as on downhill slopes by keeping the user close to the rollator. The adjustable resistance works to achieve a smoother gait pattern at a steady pace, both at home and out in the community.6

Reversing brake system

Additionally, the reversing brake system stops the rollator as soon as the brakes are released for safety during bouts of freezing. If there is a risk of unsteadiness, the rollator cannot slide away and thus provides support when it's needed most.

Remember: during equipment prescription, it is important to consult a qualified allied health professional for clinical diagnosis and to best determine the product for your specific needs.


  2. (cf. "Guide to Physiotherapy for Parkinson's Disease"

Leonie Vinchhi

After finishing her Bachelor's of Occupational Therapy, Leonie Vinchhi OT has gained four years of experience within neurology and geriatric specializations. She has a further three years of experience in spinal cord injury early rehabilitation, supporting people in their first progression from bedridden to mobilizing independently, including advising on wheelchair choice and adjustments at home.

Published: 2023-06-06

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