There are Many Items to Make Life Flow a Little Smoother
A disability can affect anyone at any point in their life. Age, illness, or accident can reduce a person's abilities. Fortunately there are a wide variety of mobility aides and assisted living devices available for those who may require them.
Many people who are disabled use alternative therapies and daily living or mobility aides to assist them. These devices can greatly improve the safety, comfort, and independence of handicapped individuals.
There are many types of handicap and chronic illness which can affect a person's ability to perform the functions of day to day living. In the case of chronic illness it can often be controlled through drug, diet, or lifestyle change. Others forms require more assistance or therapy.
Each disability is individual to the person just as each supportive device also is. It truly is amazing to see how the appropriate aides can help the disabled to live a safer, happier, independent lifestyle. Items which help to make life easier can be such a wonderful gift to receive. When selecting aides as a gift do a little background search to insure that these items are appropriate for the person you are purchasing for.
Daily Living Aides can Make Living With a Disability Easier
Thousands of people each day are informed that their illness may be chronic. This means that although the illness may be treatable it is not curable. A chronic illness is one that is not likely to go away.
The most common forms of illness that fall into this category are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, and respiratory illness. Other widely recognized forms of chronic illness include Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Asthma, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Chronic Heart Disease.
It is estimated that about 45 percent of Americans suffer from some form of chronic illness. Approximately one out of every ten people who suffer from a chronic illness find their condition to be disabling.
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Independent Living is Having Your Home Match Your Skills
It is simple logic that some rooms in the home will require more adapting than others. For disabled individuals it is the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and entrance ways which are areas of the home where difficulties are most likely to arise.
These are key areas to consider purchasing gifts of assistive devices for: bathroom and kitchen are key areas. Providing aides or assistance in these areas can increase independence and help to prevent accidents from occurring there in the future.
When I became disabled I was lucky to be sent into a two week adaptive living training program where an assessment of my capabilities was done. The hospital I was in had a mini house in their rehab center and I was required to perform a mock run of the house to see where any difficulties in my independent living may come up. I failed both the bathroom and the kitchen.
Most individuals who evolve into disability through accident, illness, or age often do not have the benefit of this type of assessment. Making an honest judgement of trouble spots within the home, vehicle, or workplace is still important. It generally takes less than an hour to do a simple run through of the home to pinpoint possible problem areas.
Comfort and Assistance in Daily Living Within the Home
Difficulties Will Quite Often be Encountered in the Kitchen
Shelf and cupboard height accessibility. Key areas for handicap assistance in the kitchen:
Opening of items: jars, containers, cupboards,
Visibility issues with products, food preparation, and cooking.
Working around Issues of forgetfulness. Safety in the kitchen.
Mobility: Moving hot food, cooking utensils, or other items throughout the room.
Cutting food safely.
Eating when mobility is restricted
Reaching and being able to turn on faucets.
Calling for assistance if needed.
Forgetfulness. A whistling kettle can help.
A Bathroom can be the Most Dangerous Room in the Home
The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the home for a disabled or senior person.
A slip or fall can be very dangerous for those with joint issues or muscle weakness and the bathroom is a prime location for this type of accident to occur.
Wet surfaces can be slippery and joint, visibility, or weakness issues can leave a disabled person more vulnerable to a fall.
Porcelain is a very hard surface and can cause severe injury if bumped during a fall. The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the home.
Simple Aides Can Increase Independence
Everyone can use a little support at times. These are some of the most recognized categories of aides for the disabled.
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