Among the many challenges
caregivers encounter- from daily grooming regimes to health and
safety strategies- the issue of moving people who can’t safely move
themselves is a major concern for all involved, and requires the use
and knowledge of proper techniques and equipment, as well as trust.
Thankfully, modern technology
has helped to temper the situation for both the loved one, as well
as the caregiver, by offering many different options for mobility.
Some of these “modern miracles” even allow for independent mobility,
giving a bit of freedom back to everyone, along with giving a much
needed boost of self-esteem.
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However, new challenges may
arise from such modern conveniences, which can send the caregiver’s
head spinning with questions. It is extremely important to become
informed and educated about what equipment is available, the cost of
such equipment, or the changes, improvements, and additions that may
be needed to your living environment to accommodate particular types
of equipment. While it may all seem quite overwhelming, realize that
you are taking steps to greatly improve the situation for your loved
one, enabling them, with the proper equipment, to continue with the
things in life which they enjoy most, like gardening, sports, even
returning to work and supporting themselves. Also, remember that the
right equipment can make a huge difference in comfort and
Mobility equipment can be used
either as a permanent means of getting around, or, can be used in
the interim, as a way to re-establish a particular skill while
helping to further develop other mobility skills, eventually leading
to partial or complete recovery of mobility.
There are so many products and
accessories on the market, but you must make sure to “match” the
equipment to the disability. While mobility equipment is generally
the same for most types of disabilities, consider the subtle yet
obvious differences which exist with equipment for children and
equipment for adults.
Here are just a few of the
different devices available to aid in mobility: