Anti aging guide

Wheelchair-Bound for Older People



How to overcome severely reduced mobility of older people for being wheelchair-bound

Even when the ability to walk usefully has been lost, dignity and an independent existence can be maintained in your own home if your arms and hands retain their function. This makes it possible to transfer between bed, wheelchair, and toilet, and also permits operation of the self-propelled type of wheelchair. Electric models are also available, which can be controlled by a single knob and these are very helpful where one arm is affected and the other too weak to propel a one-sided chair. Following a full assessment, this kind of chair can help to make life worthwhile for those who have only made partial recoveries from their strokes.

People with severe arthritis affecting both hips may become completely fixed and incapable of any movement of these joints. It does not require a great feat of the imagination to appreciate that this makes the process of rising from a chair laborious and hazardous, and a ‘spring-lift’ (or ‘ejector’) seat may be required. Once up, some of these people can get about with the help of a frame, but others are unable to do so and become wheelchair-bound. Life is more difficult for them than for those with one good leg to bear their weight while transferring. Often, however, the arms are both fully functional. In any event, numerous adaptations around the home are likely to be heeded so that kitchen and bathroom activities can be carried out at wheelchair level.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm