Mobility Equipment – types
Taking into consideration the abilities and the diagnosis that one has, as well as the time that has passed since the occurance of the disability and the destination of the wheelchair, specialists recommend a specific equipment. We described below some of the devices that our teams across the country prescribe and deliver, after a functional assessment of the user.
- The active wheelchair contributes to the user’s independence. This equipment must be available in different sizes, for both adults and children. The foldable backrest and quick release axles facilitate the transportation by train or by car. Depending on each user’s needs, additional adjustments can be made and diffferent parts are removable or adjustable such as the armrests, the rigid or folding footrest, the body and pelvis belts.
The active wheelchair type The orthopedic wheelchair type
- The orthopaedic wheelchair. This type of wheelchair is easy to use to go up and down ramps. It facilitates mobility inside and outside the home, but does not confer the same easy of use as an active wheelchair. The foot and armrests must be detachable and the footrest must be adjustable in height to allow adaptation to each user’s needs. The quick release axle facilitates easy removal and installation of wheels. The foldable backrest, as well as the vertical folding system, allows the wheelchair to be stored using very little space.
Special seating and positioning equipment for children with cerebral palsy. While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, education, care, support, and stimulation along with a special seating equipment enable many children with cerebral palsy to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Without these life-supporting influences, a child with cerebral palsy has few choices.The special seating and positioning equipment for children with cerebral palsy answers a basic need – providing a stable support which allows the child to develop a level of independence and mobility formerly unattainable.Following the provision of a special seating and positioning equipment, the child and their family need training and support in learning how to maximize the child’s abilities. For example:
- Communication – a non-verbal child may be able to learn how to use an augmentative communication system, such as a picture/symbol board
- Eating – the child may be able to eat sitting upright, without fear of choking. Some children may learn how to eat independently
- Mobility – using a special seating and positioning equipment, many children learn to propel independently.
The special seating and positioning equipment must allow for individual adaptations such as: backrest, seat and footrest tilt angle, backrest and footrest height. seat depth, detacheable headrest, belts, abductor cushions and table.
- Sports wheelchairs: by playing different sports, wheelchair users gain confidence and self esteem. There are special wheelchairs for sports such as tennis or basketball. These are easy to maneuver and can be used on different types of playing fields (concrete, clay etc).
Other types of mobility equipment useful for people with mobility disabilities and provided by the Motivation teams across the country are the walking frames, the crutches, the canes, shower chairs and toilet wheelchairs.
For further informtion on how to obtain an appropriate wheelchair, please contact us at 0800 080 763 – free of charge Monday to Friday, between 9 am to 4 pm.