Disability Aids for Independent Living

Disability Aids

Having a disability seems to place emphasis on what a person is unable to do, not on abilities. Often when a person is no longer able to see or move in the conventional way, he adapts, becoming able again. All he needs is some disability aids so that he can retain his dignity and independence.

For instance, getting out of bed can be a terrible struggle if a person cannot rely on leg muscles to raise his body out of a supine position. In this case, he could purchase a bed which will lift his torso at the push of a button. With grab rails at his disposal, he will be able to use upper body strength to ease himself onto a wheelchair or into a pair of crutches.

If a walker is one of his disability aids, he might use this to get from the bedroom to the bathroom where the walker converts to a small seat so he can brush his teeth at a lowered sink. Getting into the shower can be difficult, but with a walk-in shower and a stool it is much easier to clean off without outside help. This way, the disabled consumer maintains his privacy. The bathtub and toilet area will be fixed with grab rails, again to place weight on the strongest area of the person’s body or to distribute weight more evenly for less chance of falling.

While a two-storey house might have seemed like a good idea at one time, now it is a hassle unless there is a chair lift to move a mobility-challenged individual from the second floor to the bottom, and vice versa. First, the home owner folds down his frame (if he is using one). Placing this across his lap, he boards the stair lift, moving slowly down the stairs where the frame can be unfolded and used once more, unless furnishings provide enough support without it. With her frame, this individual gets around the house to clean or make meals.

Crutches offer an alternative to the frame or a wheelchair. They do not have to be those clinical steel things one gets from the hospital either. They come in fun shades, so if you are going to have to use them for a while, make sure you like them.

Wood flooring and even carpets can be slippery, so one lay rubber mats in their place. These will reduce impact in the event of a fall and provide added grip.

Much of what a disabled person does will take longer than what it takes someone with full use of her arms and legs. Then again, with practice and disability aids, an individual can lead a relatively independent life.

If anything you have read in this article applies to you or a loved one, perhaps you should speak to a reputable mobility dealer such as UKS Mobility for some advice.

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