>> Sep 4, 2012
Disability is defined as, “someone who finds difficulty in performing daily functional tasks or comes under the category of learning or developmental disability”. It is very sad to see people depending on others for their routine work because of their disability. It really hurts the self esteem of a disabled person and eventually results in lack of self confidence. Not many people realize that there are number of ways to overcome disability if the person himself takes the plunge to do so.
Disability of any part of the lower body compromises the ability of a person to mobilise. However, nowadays there are various disability equipments that are designed to help people with any form of disability. These equipments help in regaining and maintaining the basic function of the body part which might have destroyed or is partially inactive due to disability. Disability aids or equipments are available in a wide-range of products in different shapes and sizes designed to cater the needs every kind of disability. Products like collators, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, gaits, rehabilitation products, hearing devices, contact lenses are some of the widely used disability equipments and other aids such bathing aids, drinking aids, kitchen aids etc. are all designed with a purpose to help everyone maintain their regular daily life routine. Also, more and more of them are being made and planned out to match the preferences of every kind of individual with any type of disability.
If you want to benefit from these aids or help your closed friend or relative with disability, it would be better to learn about some helpful devices designed to cater the needs of disabled people.
Those suffering from disability of legs or any lower part of the body, resulting in inefficiency to walk need mobility aids. These aids include wheelchairs, canes, walkers and power chair or scooters. These can also be used by old age group who find difficulty in walking due to weak bone muscles. Mobility aids help a person regain his confidence and strength to move around. Let’s talk about some of the widely used mobility aids in detail:
● Canes and Walkers are mostly used by those who have been a victim of an accident or by old people who do not have much strength in their body to carry their own body weight. Cranes support about 25% of the body weight and maintain the balance problem. However, a walker is designed to support approximately 50% of the body weight. Walkers can be used by those who are not able to mobilise at all.
● Scooters and Power chairs are usually prescribed to those requiring additional stability and support. These may sound a bit complicated, but scooters are way more safe and give the person additional benefit of a powered device. Power scooters and chair usually require fewer amounts of energy and efforts to move around, as compared to walkers and cranes.
● Some mobility aid products are designed to help people regain strength during their recovery process. These products are only used during the recovery process to help a person complete his daily routine activities.
Hearing and Vision Aid
Disability aids are not just concerned with mobility disabilities. People with hearing impairment or eye disorders also have a wide range of products designed to help the individual get a quality life. Different types of hearing aids include, BTE, CRT, and RITE etc. On the other hand, eye disorders like cataract, myopia etc causes vision impairment. There are several products such as contact lenses; spectacles etc. help you see the world with clarity.