What types of disability requires the following equipment?

Daily Health Reviews   06/18/2010 2:38   Comments»  
types of disabilities
by Josie Fraser

Jayde G Question: What types of disability requires the following equipment? I just studied all the wonderful different types of equipment that is available to assist people in different ways. I was wondering if anyone knew or had experience with the following equipment and know what the disability / who requested the equipment. I am aware of general problems such people may have. apmutee, hip, knee, etc. leg wound, but not specific disabilities. Any help would be appreciated! – (Read electric), etc. – special mattresses, overlays, cushions – Lifting and transfer of aid – in particular turntable and transfer table – Mobile lifts, cranes stand, standing frames – thanks to special seating =) best answer :

Answer by JD
Friend I advise you to go talk to your local physical therapist. Check in hospital. They know the equipment. I would not be used without training and a license. Google Medical Equipment

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  1. justmeinthisworld  

    cerbral palsy
    muscular dystophy
    mulptople sceloris
    spinal cord injury
    truamatic brain injury
    spina bifida
    agenisis of teh corpus collusum

  2. Jewel  

    People with partial paralysis would make use of the turning things on beds that would help them put their feet on the floor. Even people with full paralysis from the waist down…some prefer to use braces rather than a wheelchair, so they have the bed raise to sit them up, then turn them to put legs down, then they put on the braces on their legs, then use a hoist to help them stand, and may ned a standing frame if they have to stand a long time, such as standing at a sink to wash dishes or at the stove to cook, or behind a counter as a cashier. It is a personal preference for some people in wheelchairs

    Someone with cerebral palsy may have partial paralysis, or paralysis on one side of their body, as well as stroke victims, some people with Multiple Scelorises (MS), they may need a bed that will help them sit up (have you ever tried sitting up with the use of only one leg and arm? It’s not easy). They may also need a hoist to get into bed, and other mobility helps.

  3. comfortably_numb_c2  

    I am a spinal cord injured ventilator dependent quadriplegic and use almost all of the items mentioned.

  4. Alison  

    I am a personal care attendant to people with disabilities as well as being a carer for my partner who has muscular dystrophy.. so I use all of these items at some stage of my week ) Would be happy to provide an explanation of who would use them, and why/how!

    Electric and other special beds:

    Electric beds are handy in that depending on their functions, they can assist the carers of people with disabilities by bringing them to a suitable height to dress a person on the bed, to bed bathe them, to begin transfers (ie putting a sling beneath them to hoist them out of the bed).
    They can also assist in helping the person who uses the bed to raise their legs, sit up in bed, and change their position in general.
    Also many beds I use have railings like hospital beds, so that children with spastic cerebral palsy for example can’t fall out of the bed, and just to give people that sense of security. This can include the possible necessity to roll a person to one side to dry their back, to put in a sling to transfer, where there is no one to stand on the other side of the bed, and no wall. The person knows if the railing is there that they will not fall off the bed.

    Mattresses, overlays and pillows:

    My partner has an overlay on his bed. He gets pressure points on his hips as he is very boney, but does not need a full air mattress (air mattresses reduce the pressure placed on a person with a disability’s skin and body). He has an overlay which goes on the bed at his hips, and takes the pressure off his hips. This way he does not end up with pressure points and pressure sores which take a long time to heal themselves.
    Overlays can also be waterproof in case a person has incontinence, eg through stroke, old age, partial or complete spinal cord injury, or any number of other conditions.
    Air mattresses have a pump and constantly pump air through the cells in the mattresses, changing the positioning of the person on the mattress. People that I have provided service to who have had air mattresses have generally had conditions where they are incapable of repositioning themselves in the bed, including quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis and stroke.

    Transferring aids:

    Transfer boards, or slide boards, are generally used by people who need to be able to transfer between eg. bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to car seat, wheelchair to commode chair (shower chair), wheelchair to bath board, and can independently keep their torso upright and possibly assist to transfer.
    These can include people with paraplegia who can use their arms to pull themselves along and possibly hemiplegia (strokes) who can assist with their unaffected arm and leg.
    Turntables are good for elderly people who either drive or get driven around, and can independently sit in the car, but may have trouble turning their legs around into the car once they have been seated facing out of the car.

    Hoists, standing hoists and standing frames:

    We have to use hoists at work for clients who are unable to independently transfer. These are mostly clients with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, quadriplegia and high level paraplegia, and severe strokes.
    To assist someone who cannot weightbear to transfer without a hoist is asking for trouble. We would hurt our backs and many other parts of us. It is an occupational health and safety issue, and is also unsafe for our clients if they fall!
    Stand up hoists are good for people who can weightbear, but are not necessarily consistent with their weightbearing. They are handy as you can pull up skirts/trousers easily, without having to transfer a client to the bed to dress them. I worked with a stand up hoist years ago, unfortuantely the client deteriorated to the point of needing a standard hoist.
    I also have a client who has a pool hoist, to transfer him to his swimming pool, and I used to have a hoist to transfer my partner into the passenger seat of the car.

    Special seating:

    Anyone who needs a wheelchair, depending on how much they depend on it, will have different needs when it comes to seating.
    Gel cushions and air cushions are very popular for people who need to sit in their wheelchairs for all or most of the day, to prevent pressure areas on their backside. My partner has a Roho cushion, as he is very boney and easily suffers pressure sores.
    Other people who use their wheelchair on an intermittent basis, or can shuffle themselves around on the chair may not need the same cushion as someone who can’t shuffle around and may use their wheelchairs most of the time.
    As we have recently discovered, having the appropriate seating for someone with a disability, particularly when they are seated nearly permanently is VERY important. My partner has ended up with severe scoliosis from being seated in the incorrect wheelchair with little to no support, and as his muscular dystrophy takes away his core muscles, and he cannot sit himself upright properly, he has ended up hunched forwards, and side

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