Types of Disability Equipment and Aids for the Injured.

 

People suffering from temporary or permanent disabilities are often in need of medical assistance, in order to maintain their standard of living. Along with a carer, certain things need to be bought and changes must be made to the house, so that your loved one can enjoy a little sense of freedom, even with their disability.

However, finding low cost equipment and aid is nearly impossible. Not everyone can buy these pieces of equipment, as they cost thousands of dollars. Talking about one time investments, there are several low cost aids and equipment that can be easily bought online from places that offer patient handling in Australia. Such equipment offer the following benefits:

  • Minimizes struggle due to a disability that interferes with daily life
  • Helps maintain health, functioning and well-being
  • Maximizes participation in local community
  • Reduces the possibility of weak joints due to isolation or inactivity

Disability Aids

One of the best things about some of these pieces of medical equipment is that they can be rented on monthly or yearly bases. There are various pieces of exercising equipment such as a bike or an electronic treadmill that can be used alongside these disability aids. You can find such equipment at Renta Centre and various other online stores. For your ease, we have divided various low cost disability aids under three categories, so that you can understand the purpose of each one.

Personal Care Aids

Incontinence Aids

  • Waterproof pants
  • Reusable pads
  • Mini portable potty
  • Drainage bags and catheters

Toileting Aids

  • Bath boards (allows the person to sit in the bathtub instead of lying down. Most bath boards come with a handle that allows the person to put pressure on it while standing up, without fearing slippage)
  • Bathroom transfer benches (this is a type of bench with a seat that slides right and left, and allows the person to easily enter the bathtub)

Postural Support Equipment

  • Pressure redistribution mattresses
  • Positioning sleep system (this is a kit that allows the person to sleep in a pre-adjusted position that prevents self injury)

Oxygen

  • Oxygen cylinder and mask

Orthoses Aids

  • HKAFO (Hip-Knee-Ankle-Foot-Orthosis)
  • Orthopaedic walkers
  • Ankle braces

Communication Aids

Hearing Aids

  • Electro-acoustic implants

Speech Aids

  • Artificial larynges for voice amplification

Mobility Aids

Walking Aids

  • Walking frames
  • Rollators (a rollator is a type of bicycle but without a seat. It has a storage room and sturdy handles, which allows the person to walk easily outdoors)

Wheelchairs

  • Power and manual wheelchairs
  • Tilt-in-space wheel chairs (this wheelchair helps with respiratory function and feeding, improves visual alignment and reduces pressure under the pelvis)

Hoists

  • Standing hoists (gantry and static hoist)

Disability aids help in improving your loved one’s quality of life. If you don’t have the budget of making modifications in your home for their ease, then why not go for these aids. They are affordable, do not require much space and have an easy mechanism.


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