WALKERS & WHEELCHAIRS
Walkers have been proven to fill an important function in enabling people to move around independently despite severely diminished functional capabilities. When a walker is used, the risk of fractures due to falls can be reduced despite a decline in general status of health. Physical activity is critical in the process of fracture prevention and the fact that the older person can walk independently and move around outdoors contributes to strengthening muscles and skeleton, thus reducing fractures even though a fall may still occur. A wheelchair is a chair fitted with wheels. The device comes in variations allowing either manual propulsion by the seated occupant turning the rear wheels by hand, or electric propulsion by motors. There are often handles behind the seat to allow for different individuals to push. Wheelchairs are used by people for whom walking is difficult or impossible due to illness, injury, or disability. People who have difficulty sitting and walking often make use of a wheel bench. A basic manual wheelchair incorporates a seat, foot rests and four wheels: two, caster wheels at the front and two large wheels at the back. The two larger wheels in the back usually have hand-rims; two metal or plastic circles approximately 3/4" thick. Wheelchairs assist people to become more mobile and independent. There are many different types of wheelchairs that are used for various reasons. It is important to understand the limitations and safe operation of whatever wheelchair you choose. The chair seat size (width and depth), seat-to-floor height, footrests/leg rests, front caster outriggers, adjustable backrests, controls, and many other features can be customized on, or added to, many basic models, while some users, often those with specialized needs, may have wheelchairs custom-built.
Wheelchairs are based on individual need, and several factors are considered. People with the following conditions may benefit from using a wheelchair:
•broken bones or injury to the legs or feet
•balance or gait problems
•inability to walk for long distances
Whether you are the one with the disability or the caregiver of someone who has limited mobility, shower commode chairs benefit everyone concerned. It can bring back the simple pleasure of a shower that most people take for granted. But, it also provides the safety and support needed to prevent injury and make transferring safer. It is natural to take the ability to use the toilet or take a shower for granted, unless the privileges have been stripped away by disease and illness. When a caregiver becomes necessary, it definitely helps to have an assistive aid necessary to make personal care a little easier. A shower commode chair can be the answer to make life a little easier!