Physical challenges associated with ageing, illness, or injuries can make moving around and performing daily activities difficult.
Assistive devices are products and technologies that can help or improve your loved one’s mobility so that they are able to participate in physical and social activities. Using them may prevent development of other health conditions such as pressure sores and complications from falls.
Here are some assistive devices that are commonly used by seniors or people recovering from injuries or illnesses, such as stroke:
To find out if your loved one requires an assistive device, speak to his/her doctor, physiotherapist or occupational therapist, who will assess your loved one and recommend the right devices for them. A right fitting will provide the most effective and safe use of the devices.
You may also wish to discuss with your loved one if he/she has difficulties doing any of the following activities:
Make sure you are familiar with the instructions and proper use, precautions, and care of the equipment. Do take note of the device’s warranty, maintenance, repair or service dealer too.
Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) provides subsidies on selected mobility aids and home healthcare items.
There are also other types of assistive technology devices and software to help persons with disabilities live independently. An assistive technology assessment can help to evaluate the needs of such persons, and recommend the most suitable assistive technology option. Learn more about it
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