Monday, March 10, 2014

Increasing mobility

Kristine Burnett, AZ Republic, Mar 5, 2014, writes that assistive devices actually make people more mobile, sometimes more than before their injury or disability.

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.

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