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.




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



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.


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