HelpAndWellness – Information on Adaptive Equipment
Caring for a loved one can be challenging. At HelpAndWellness, we want to be your trusted source for information on adaptive equipment and assistive devices. Whether you need help lifting a child, helping an elderly family member navigate their home, or are looking for help choosing other adaptive equipment – we have you covered. HelpAndWellness offers general information on how different types of equipment operate, so that you understand the advantages of different adaptive technology. We also provide detailed product reviews and comparisons, so that you can make an informed decision when you decide to purchase something to make the lives of your loved ones a little better.
When you have loved ones with mobility issues, it is critical for their safety – and yours – that you have the right equipment to move them around your home. Thankfully there are many patient lift solutions available to help in a variety of lifting scenarios, including lifting from bed to chair and chair to bath. If the mobility issues are temporary, a mobile Hoyer-style lift might be the perfect solution. There are also track lifts that are mounted on posts that can be setup and taken down without requiring permanent attachment to ceilings. And for long-term scenarios there are ceiling mounted lifts that can even span doorways allowing you to lift and move patients from one room to another. And with those lifts are a variety of slings that help safely transport patients of all shapes and sizes.
Another type of lift is the in-home wheelchair lift. When family members who rely on a wheelchair for mobility need to move between floors, a wheelchair lift can give them the freedom to move up and down safely. Although these often require remodeling work done to the house, they can significantly expand the usefulness of entire floors of your residence.
For people who can walk but have problems navigating stairs a chair lift may be just the right piece of equipment. There have been some very creative design innovations over the past few years that have made stair lifts work on many different staircase configurations. These are great for helping elderly patients continue to use multiple floors in their home.
Our society has made great strides towards making most businesses and public buildings wheelchair accessible. And with that progress has come great strides in making wheelchairs that are both functional and affordable. Indeed, the variety of wheelchairs available today is amazing, so there is really no reason why people with mobility problems cannot find a wheelchair to meet their needs.
There are both manual and electric wheelchairs for adults and children. Even younger kids can find mobility strollers that will help their parents or caretakers move them easily. And wheelchairs are not limited to basic mobility. There are special use wheelchairs (check out our reviews of best lightweight transport wheelchairs and best power wheelchairs for outdoor use) as well as custom wheelchairs designed for participating in racing and other sports.
Wheelchairs are not the only class of mobility equipment – crutches and walkers also help people who have difficulty walking. And for those who need to temporarily keep their weight off a foot or ankle, using one of a knee scooter can be a great alternative to crutches.
Another class of device is the electric scooter (or mobility scooter). These electric scooters are popular with the elderly who can stand and sit on their own, but are not able to walk longer distances. An electric scooter can open up the neighborhood to a home-bound senior, and also allow them the freedom to do their own shopping.
But mobility scooters aren’t just for the mall or grocery store. An off road mobility scooter allows you to take it off-road, and explore nature after the pavement ends. And if you have a wheelchair or scooter and want to travel, you will need a wheelchair carrier to to take your mobility device on the road with you. And to navigate steps with your chair or scooter, check out our review of portable mobility ramps.
Bath time can be a challenge for those with mobility issues. Getting a disabled person down into and back up out of the tub can be a difficult to manage. Thankfully there are a range of adaptive bath equipment that can help with the task. There are mesh chairs that can help one stay upright in the tub. Or you can use shower chairs designed to make it easier to bathe yourself. There are lifts specifically designed to raise and lower patients into and out of a tub also available in the market. And there are also wheelchairs that are designed to go in and out of the shower without being affected by getting wet. Grab bars and hand-held shower heads also can make bath time much easier for those with mobility challenges.
The toilet can also pose a challenge for those with mobility issues. Many people recovering from injury or surgery need a temporary solution, and a portable commode can be just the thing. And there are wheelchair options that accommodate the need for a commode. Raised toilet seats can also help assist people who have difficulty sitting and standing to and from the toilet.
Another need for those with mobility problems is furniture. For the elderly and infirm, getting down into and back up out of a recliner or couch can be difficult. For many, the solution to that problem is a lift chair recliner. These chairs can rise up to meet the user, and safely bring them down into a sitting position. When they are ready to get up the chair can gently move them back up to where they can take their feet.
Sometimes due to illness or injury a special bed is necessary. In those cases having a hospital bed in your home can allow for comfort and recovery, while easing the demands on caretakers. There are a variety of models available, along with complementary devices like overbed tables and carts.
Special needs children also often have problems with standard beds. In those cases there are many different types of enclosed beds that can keep them comfortable and safe. We’re not talking about cribs – there are enclosed bed solutions that include twin and queen sized mattresses. And there are even portable models that help special needs kids sleep safely on the road.
And even if you don’t need special furniture, you still may require aids like the hearing aids, coccyx cushions, or mattress toppers to adapt to physical challenges. Whatever you or your family’s needs – we have you covered.
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