Mobility Equipment – types
Each person with disabilities needs a personalized wheelchair that is appropriate for their abilities and diagnosis, the time since the occurrence of the disability, their environment and the activities where it will be used.
Here are the most common mobility equipment we provide via the Motivation teams across the country:
The active wheelchair contributes to the user’s independence. This equipment must be available in different sizes, for adults and for children. The foldable backrest and quick release axles facilitate transportation by train or by car. Depending on each user’s needs, additional adjustments can be made and different parts are removable or adjustable such as the armrests, the rigid or folding footrest, the body and pelvis belts.
The orthopedic wheelchair facilitates mobility inside and outside the home, but does not confer the same ease of use as an active wheelchair. The foot and armrests must be detachable and 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 and the vertical folding system facilitate wheelchair storage in small spaces.
Special positioning equipment for children with cerebral palsy: this equipment, along with education, care, support and stimulation, enables many children with cerebral palsy to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.
The special seating and positioning equipment for children with cerebral palsy answers a basic need: having a stable support that allows the child to develop a level of independence and mobility formerly unattainable.
- 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 seating 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 include walking frames, crutches, canes, shower chairs and toilet wheelchairs.
For further information on how to obtain an appropriate wheelchair, please contact us at 0800 030 762 – free of charge Monday to Friday, between 9 AM to 4 PM.
Other types of mobility equipment useful for people with mobility disabilities include walking frames, crutches, canes, shower chairs and toilet wheelchairs.