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What Products Do People With Physical Disabilities Use To Make Daily Tasks Easier?

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What Products Do People With Physical Disabilities Use To Make Daily Tasks Easier? Living with a physical disability comes with many barriers, but the right equipment and assistive aids can improve their quality of life and help them maintain independence. Some of these products may be related to a particular health need, while others can assist someone with physical disabilities as they perform everyday tasks.

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Exploring Products for People With Physical Disabilities That Help With Daily Living

Using Assistive Technology & Smart Devices

One of the more recent technological innovations on this list, smart devices can help people who have limited use of their arms and hands perform routine tasks without outside help. The smart device can help them make personal care appointments, play music, check the weather, and answer basic questions expressed aloud.

Smart devices give people much more control over their homes in other ways, too. Certain smart thermostats or light fixtures make it easy for those with physical disabilities to maintain a comfortable environment, letting them remotely control lights, heaters, A/C, and even electronically controlled doors within the home.

When it comes to home care and maintenance, cleaning robots are much more common and accessible for people with physical disabilities. They keep the floors clean while requiring almost no attention from the homeowner, as they are autonomous from the moment they are installed – even docking by themselves when requiring a charge!

Adaptive Tools That Help With Daily Living

Adaptive tools let those with physical disabilities that limit motor skills eat, write, cook, dress, groom, play games, or use their smartphones, tablets, and computers. Not all assistive technology is high-tech or expensive. Finding the one that is appropriate to everyone is key. Some of these tools are as simple as specialized handles and grips. They can extend reach and let people hold objects like spoons, pencils, or toothbrushes.

Another simple assistive device is a mouth stick, which a person can place in their mouth to do things like manipulating a trackball mouse or type on a keyboard. One form, the head wand, is strapped to the head instead of being held by the mouth. Tools such as automatic page-turners or bookholders can also help these people to read.

Adaptive switches make it possible to activate and operate any device that can use a switch, including smartphones, tablets, or computers. Users can ativate the switches by pressing them with hand, head, forehead, chin, legs, or whatever body part is most suitable for the individual. Programs and applications then interface between the switch and the device, allowing the user to operate it without touching the screen.

An adaptive keyboard or keyboard overlap can help users with physical impairments related to muscle control in the hands to perform more precise movements. They have raised areas between the keys to allow the user to find the correct key by sliding their fingers to it rather than striking it. Specialized software can even help with word completion, assisting the adaptive keyboards so that the user requires fewer keystrokes when typing messages.

Explore Emergency Response Systems

Emergency response systems are a type of assistive technology designed for people with disabilities living independently. Whether living alone, with a caregiver, or with a family member, an emergency response device can save a person’s life in the event of an emergency. These devices often come as a wearable pendant, bracelet, or pin that the person with a physical disability can clip onto clothes. Pressing a small button can alert emergency personnel or a loved one if one is in an emergency.

Relying On Mobility Aids To Help Daily Living

People with physical disabilities often need help with mobility, including wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, crutches, canes, and orthotic devices. Depending on the type of mobility impairment and its severity, an individual may require a highly specialized device.

For instance, sip-and-puff systems may be useful to those with paralysis or fine motor skill disabilities. The sip-and-puff system works like a joystick that moves in any direction with the mouth, even interpreting the user’s breath for making on-off operations. They allow the user to operate a computer, mobile device, or even their wheelchair. An on-screen keyboard allows the user to type anything using the same movements.

One essential piece of equipment is an adjustable home hospital bed. Anyone with a physical disability could find it challenging to get into and out of bed, as well as getting into a comfortable position. At the touch of a button, a home hospital bed can adjust to a full comfort chair position, letting the user relax while reading, eating, watching TV, or receiving visits from loved ones.

Contact SonderCare for the very best in home hospital beds, lift chairs, walker rollators, and other premium mobility aids to make life a little easier for you or your loved one. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Physical Disability Aids

Individuals who are physically challenged utilize approved assistive technology products. Wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters are some kinds of mobility aids that people with physical limitations often take advantage of.

Assistive technology helps people with disabilities to adjust for some deficits. This specialised technology encourages freedom and reduces the use of other forms of assistance. People can use therapeutic and assisting technology to: care for themselves and their family.

People with physical disabilities require the following: full access to the environment, Accessible transportation, technical aids and gear, accessible/adapted housing, and personalized support and assistance are all available.

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