As people age, or encounter illnesses or injuries which make them frail or overly fat, they start to experience problems with their mobility. While our Aussie culture is known for accommodating and facilitating people with difficulties, one cannot live on the assistance of others for a very long time without becoming a burden on them. To avoid that, people with reduced mobility can make use of a number of different equipment available in the market that helps them move around and be independent.
Here is a list of five equipment that people with reduced mobility can make use of.
1. Transfer Belts
Transfer belts are an important tool for people who are losing mobility or have had their mobility affected. These belts are basically put around the waists of the person who isn’t mobile. These belts assist people walk almost unassisted and independently. These belts help the user stay balanced and on their feet. This is often used for people who dislike being physically assisted by someone else, those that are uncomfortable with touch and people who are too large to hold.
2. Transfer Boards for Sitting to Sitting Transfers
Wheelchair is another important vehicle for mobility and will be discussed later in the article. For people who use wheelchairs for mobility, moving from their bed to the chair and the chair to another chair can be a challenge. Transfer Boards that are designed to facilitate sitting to sitting transfers are a good way to tackle that. These boards are either shaped like a boomerang or a straight plain board and can help a person slide on them from one chair to another.
3. Electric Profiling Beds
An electric profiling bed is commonly found in hospitals and homes where people with less mobility reside. This equipment is basically made up of up to three separate sections all of which can be adjusted with a control handset for height. This means a person, who is lying down on the bed, can use the height adjustment to raise the bed and sit up.
4. Wheel Chairs
These are the most common items found in hospitals and in the homes assisting people with problems in mobility. As the name suggests these are chairs with wheels attached to them so that person is able to move around freely. Newer variations of wheel chairs are powered by a battery can be manoeuvred and moved around with a control board placed on the arm rest or through a remote control.
Hoists are an up and coming mobility equipment for people who find it difficult to move around. Hoists are basically divided into three categories; standing hoists, ceiling hoists and mobile floor hoists. They are used in contention with a sling that helps the person stand up, sit up and helps them make the journey from their bed to the washroom and back or similar journeys that cover smaller distances within a set perimeter.
As the numbers of people battling mobility-impairing illnesses increases, so do the number of equipment available in the market to assist them. The equipment mentioned above are just some examples to aid them live a more active life.