Last Updated on 2 years ago by Nicky Johnson
Home is where everyone feels safe. But you need to create a similar space in your home for someone who has a disability. Over 1 billion people are estimated to experience disability globally, corresponding to about 15% of the world’s population.
Safety and assistive devices are typically designed for people with disabilities who seek to live independent lives. To this end, hospital beds and equipment for assistance can effectively lower the chances of any mishappening.
Here are a few types of safety equipment for physically disabled people to ease their life.
Equipments for Bathroom
Washrooms are a relatively risky and tricky place for moving around. Most of the time, the floors would be wet, raising the chances of a fall or a slip. To make this space more accessible and convenient, here are a few options to make your bathroom safe.
- A shower that can accommodate a wheelchair
- Grab bars for support
- Mats for shower and bathtubs that are non-slippery
- Sinks and shelves that are adjustable as per the height of the person
- Extensions for toilet flush and paper for people with immobility in the upper body.
This device is best suited to provide seating support and mobility for disabled people. Wheelchairs are an effective means for the disabled to navigate from one room to another. Wheelchairs are either manual or powered to suit the needs of different people. With a powered wheelchair, there is no need for any external support to move around.
Apart from being a safety net, wheelchairs enable an active life for people with disabilities to perform many tasks.
Modifications in the Kitchen
Like the washroom, kitchens are an equally dangerous spot for people with disabilities. But with some modifications, you can secure the kitchen’s layout making it easily accessible for anyone. For instance, lowering the height of a stovetop, making adjustments for high counters, expanding the width of the door for the wheelchair to fit, etc.
Ramps for the Stairways
Installing a ramp can significantly help people with disabilities to climb a stairway. The ramps should ideally be at a gradient less than 1:12, making it convenient for people with walkers, wheelchairs, or wheel scooters to move. Besides, it would be best to go for ramps made with non-slip surface material. This feature will offer double protection for people moving on it.
This equipment or device helps people with disabilities step outside their houses with no assistance. Similar to the layout of a wheelchair, a mobility scooter consists of a seat mounted on top of wheels. The seated person can rest their feet on the footplates and use the handlebars to regulate directions. People with upper body disabilities can most benefit from this equipment.
These kinds of assistance and medical safety equipment can go a long way in helping disabled people to get a grip while moving. People with a poor grip due to injuries can find solace in the different types of crutches available. So, people who live alone can use crutches to move around with a perfect grip without any dependency.
Technology has offered safety and assistance for disabled people to lead a regular life with lower risks. These intelligent technologies help with mobility and provide maximum security for people with disability in every way possible.