Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and other Allied Health

 practitioners work together with their expertise and knowledge of the equipment

 to provide the most suitable items for a person’s requirements.

Wheelchair, walker          

 

 

Engineers and technicians also work with Allied health professionals to bring

 

to reality assistive equipment solutions that can help to improve the quality of

 

life for people in hospital brain and spinal units and other disability locations.

 

Dementia

 

Here the focus is on promoting safety in the home and products for this include:

 

  • coloured tap turners
  • handles
  • jar holders
  • grip mats
  • glow tape

Arthritis

 

This can be painful and uncomfortable with stiffness, inflammation and damage

 

to cartilage in the joints causing weakness, instability, joint deformities and

 

reduced movement. Just the basic daily tasks of buttoning shirts, tying shoelaces,

 

preparing a meal or walking around the house can become arduous and affect

 

 

a person’s wellbeing. Products to assist include:

 

  • kettle tippers
  • anchor pads
  • grip cutlery
  • can opener pulls
  • doorknob grips
  • arthritis gloves
  • jar openers
  • key turners
  • button hookings
  • spring laces
  • pick-up reachers

Falls prevention

 

Falls are more prevalent with older people and can result in fractures to hips and

 

 

wrists, dislocations, sprains, bruising, head injuries and even fatalities. Medical

 

 

history, weight, cognitive impairment, gait disorders and environmental hazards are

 

all risk factors for falls. When a person is identified to be at risk it is important to

 

 

have preventative measures and find products to compliment such measures.

 

 

Products include:

 

  • Grab rails and safety equipment in wet areas
  • mobility aids such as walkers and walking sticks

Tip: Keeping homes clutter free and removing other hazardous items can

 

assist with falls prevention.

 

For more information call IDEAS on 1800 029 904 .

 

IDEAS is an organisation that serves people with disabilities to help them live full,

 

 independent lives with information and education.

 

Visit ideas.org.au or Freecall 1800 029 904. Or find and follow us on 

 

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