Mobility aids include wheelchairs, power chairs, electric scooters and then smaller daily equipment such as walkers and walking canes.
Large items for the home include things like stair lifts, ceiling hoists, powered or manual height-adjustable beds and powered leg lifters for those who can’t get their legs into bed on their own.
Then there are all sorts of small gadgets designed to make life with a disability a little easier. These range from clamps to hold jars still while opening with one hand, to voice activated computers, from vibrating alarm clocks for the deaf to memory aids. Whatever your specific disability, there is some gadget made just for you.
Sometimes disability equipment is not the answer and your needs may be better met by changing the way you do things or getting some form of physical therapy to improve your abilities.
Disability equipment that is often overlooked is the personal alarm. It is very important for those with disabilities to be able to call for help in an emergency. Personal alarms take many forms but are designed to assist you in getting the help required with little effort.
Disability equipment comes in so many forms and can truly make a huge difference to disabled people wanting to maintain their independence.