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Being Comfortable At Home While Disabled

Posted by Connie on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 8:19 pm and is filed under Advocacy, DisABILITY Advocate, Health Supplies Equipment.
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It is possible for a disabled person to be comfortable while at home. There are many home improvements that enable a person who needs specific adaptations, equipment for sale, help available for physical needs and assistance animals that can help secure safety. If a person becomes disabled through an accident or illness or a person is born with disabilities, that the belief is that that person must live in a facility. Sometimes there is funding available through the government, through health insurance, through non-profit organizations and through the community.

What is Needed in the Home

Go through the home and see what is needed. Do you need to remove items or add something? You can get the aid of an occupational therapist and/or the salesperson of the equipment look through your home with you. Perhaps you need to lower sinks, raise a toilet or add a ramp.  Maybe you need to add a completely new bathroom or bedroom, or do something as simple as remove throw rugs for safety.

Equipment

Ambulatory assistive devices and other forms of medical equipment to enable a person with disabilities be more independent and live at home are available online, at stores and through rehab centers. Many people learn about equipment from other people in support groups or through the suggestion of a therapist – physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, etc. Of course there are wheelchairs, canes, walkers, etc. But did you know that you can have IV equipment, hospital beds, platform lifts, mechanical breathing devices and other equipment that you associate with hospitals or facilities.

Help Available

In some cases, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants, therapists and even live in help is available to the disabled person living at home. Even if that person has family living with them, there may need to be checkups, and respite care. If a person needs total care, an assistant may live in the home to help with various care issues – changing tracheotomy tubes, using a disabled lift, cleaning and using a g-tube. Although the person or family or friends may be able to do these tasks, a break is often needed. Also these are such delicate medical concerns, that someone in the medical profession may need to check on them frequently.

Assistance Animals

Another way to keep a disabled person safe at home is by using an assistance animal. Dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals are trained to help people with various disabilities. These animals can alert a person when they need medication, can open doors and perform tasks, and keep the person company. They are often very close to the person who is disabled as they spend a great deal of time with them. Some people develop a very strong bond especially as the animal comes to learn about their quirks and needs. These animals can be just as important as wheelchair lifts to a person in a wheelchair.

Conclusion

It is necessary for a disabled person to be comfortable at home as it is necessary for a disabled person to be safe. Make use of the agencies and medical professionals to make the decisions you need.

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  1. A very important point to be kept in mind is that the flooring must be done using non-skid tiles. This will help the wheelchair person to roam freely without the fear of rolling away.

    comment by Plastic Surgery — July 18, 2011 @ 1:03 am

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