Having a lift right where you need it can help caregivers and their loved ones avoid injury and feel more secure
Getting from here to there is often a challenge for people with muscle weakness due to neuromuscular diseases — and for their caregivers.
Caregivers can develop back pain, hernias and other injuries from lifting a loved one who is unable to self-transfer. And the person being lifted risks injury from being dropped or dragged.
There’s an accessible vehicle out there made just for you
If you're getting ready to shop for an accessible vehicle, be prepared to find options, options, options! These myriad possibilities are good news because they mean there’s probably a solution out there for your unique automotive challenge.
You’ll first need to answer a few key questions: Will you be driving, or will you be a passenger? Are you able to transfer into a vehicle seat, or do you need...
Unique wheelchair and walker bags
Creations by Pokojni makes one-of-a-kind wheelchair and walker bags with hook-and-loop straps and magnets for easy attachment and closure.
Each bag is designed with unique fabrics or embroidery to appeal to different tastes. Most bags are washable.
Prices range from $15.95 to $27.95. Creations by Pokojni, (760) 822-4534.
Ralph Braun, who has spinal muscular atrophy, turned his scooter and modified van designs into a multimillion-dollar business
Update (Feb. 12, 2013): Ralph Braun died peacefully at his home in Winamac, Ind., on Feb. 8, 2013, with his family at his side. He was 72 years old.
Ralph Braun clearly remembers the day he learned he had “muscular dystrophy.” The experience taught him a lesson that shaped who he is and helped drive him to achieve great success.
Find resources on accessible public transportation, including travel scooters and vehicles, as well as information on portable ramps and lifts.
Making your pool accessible
The Splash! Aquatic Lift from RMT Aquatics is a battery-powered lifting system that attaches to the deck. It’s designed for swimming facilities, but can also be used for residential pools.
The right tools for the transfer
You’re still transferring independently, but you’ve fallen a couple of times on your way from the wheelchair to the bed.
Your caregiver still lifts you in and out of the bathtub, but her groans from back pain are getting louder.
It’s time to start thinking about a mechanical or powered lift system that you can use at home, and maybe one for work, too.