Monday, March 10, 2014
My knees are bad--and my balance--so I sort of creep around. This is pretty feeble, honestly.
Wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, and crutches are becoming more functional everyday.
Do you know what a rollator is? It's a lightweight walker with larger wheels and a brake.
Power chairs are getting more portable.
Forearm crutches are more popular.
And for people with lower leg, ankle or foot problems, there are knee walkers--like a platform for your injured limb.
Physical therapists know all the ins and outs of these. A young person with a temporary disability will have different needs than an older person with permanent impairments.
Sometimes insurance covers only the basics--but you often can rent or get loan of a device. Check out Community Information and Referral Services--cir.org.
Some municipalities also offer "adaptive" services--such as special swimming and golfing. You can even go white water rafting.
Well, maybe YOU can.