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A Short Guide To Disability Aids

Apr 13, 2008
Finding wheelchairs, electric scooters and mobility scooters are all readily available for people who are in need of using them. For those unable to function at home for simple things such as making a cup of tea, opening a jar lid, turning a doorknob or perhaps turning a key in the key hole, would need extra help from various disability aids and products. These will help an individual with disabilities by dramatically changing their daily routine and making it easier to function.

People with disabilities are at high risk of low confidence, depression and low self-esteem. Having something that will raise their confidence level can sometimes be costly, however, there more disability aids which have been made widely available to the public. Some people are able to gain government funding to purchase products such as a hearing aid, wheelchair or scooter. Others products are available at normal retail prices, but often need to be pre-ordered in advance from the internet.

Finding the right product is dependent on what you will need the products for and how often you will be using it. If you are one to use your hands a lot things like cutting scissors can be a tricky thing to complete. There are spring-loaded scissors available for those with minimal movements and discomfort in their fingers, this gives added comfort and cushioning around your fingers making it easier to use.

Other products also involve mugs and cups with specially designed handles for people with gripping problems. Glasses are designed with a cut out to fit the user's nose through, so as not strain or bend their neck when drinking. Simple designs for plates, such as a rounded guard that is fitted round the plate stops the food from spilling keeping the food on the plate where it should be. For people with vision problems, magnifying glasses are available for use in public places.

Going to the bath or shower can often be a difficult trek for people with disabilities. The disability aids available for personal hygiene use come in the form of bars for grabbing onto and seats which fold up for people unable to stand whilst taking a shower. The bath bars are installed to assist in climbing in or out of the bathtub. Other aids are also available in the bedroom with things like lightweight wedges, which help people sit up in bed rather than stacking many pillows. There are also available products to assist people in and out of bed.

Household objects use in the kitchen, such as specially designed jar and bottle openers that open the tops by stopping the discomfort of twisting a top off. Cutting boards can also come with special suction cups that stay still when cutting foods. Kitchen utensils can also come with large handles making it easier to use.

Disability aids come in a diverse range, which even help with going to the toilet or using toilet paper. This generally helps people lead a more normal life without the worry of needing extra assistance and providing more independence.
About the Author
Anna Stenning is an expert on disability aids having researched on the various products and for personal use.
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