Today’s scientific and technological advances have furnished numerous gains in the field of medical devices and wheelchair accessories thus benefiting sick patients or people with temporary or permanent disabilities. Let us look into few of such devices (separate from a drink holder) that lend a helping hand to the needy.
Wheelchair: A chair with wheels that is intended to be used for moving about by a disabled or injured person. There are handles or knobs at the back for someone else to push and move it forward too.
There are diverse wheelchair models available currently which range from the basic manual model to hi-tech automatically powered ones. The newest mechanized wheelchairs are lighter, faster, and easier to use. They utilize specialized technology enhancements and offer better support to person’s back, neck, head, and legs. They also comprise of safety features like power-assisted brakes and anti-tipping mechanism. They also have accessories tailored to them like a cup holder or lap tray.
Walker: A walker or walking frame is a device for disabled or elderly who require extra support to sustain balance or steadiness when they walk. The user walks with the device in front and holds the corners and upper frames of the device with his hands for support. Conventionally, the walker is lifted and placed at a short distance from of the user. The user subsequently walks towards it and repeats the process. By means of wheels and glides, the user can now easily shove the walker instead of lifting it and then putting it ahead. A walker is an ideal tool for those who are recovering from leg or back injuries.
Hydraulic lift: A sling lift or patient lift or hydraulic lift is equipment commonly used in hospitals to move patients from bed to chair or any other place where the patient can rest. This device uses the principle of hydraulics or power of fluids to operate. Hydraulic lifts are used for patients who have restricted mobility. It allows heavy patients to be easily transferred with fewer people or staff. It also lessens the possibility of orthopedic injury from lifting patients.
Knee walker: A Knee walker is a perfect alternative to outdated crutches. It is a device used by people suffering from an injury below the knee. First, the user has to place his injured knee on the knee pad or bench of the walker and then propel and move ahead with the help of the able leg.
These innovative hi-tech medical devices have indeed overcome the limitations of many by offering them the freedom and mobility they deserve. So do not let illness or disability ruin your aspirations or those of someone you love.