There are a lot of different types of disability. Locomotor disability is a type of impairment that prevents a person from moving their body in a way that most people would. It can affect people on a physical, mental, or cognitive level. There are many different ways to treat locomotor disability, and various tools, equipment, and assistance dogs to help people live a more independent life.
Possessing the right equipment and aid can be very essential when it comes to living independently with a disability. Some of this equipment include;
1. Equipment From The Health Service
Some items from an approved list can be prescribed for you by a medical doctor. Some of these items can also be made available for you through the district nurse – this is after proper assessment and recommendation have been done by the nurse or therapist.
Some of these items include;
● Urinary catheters
● Continence pads
● Communication aid
● Elastic stockings
You can also be referred for specialist services for more kinds of health equipment by your Doctor for easy and direct specialist services.
2. Equipment for social services
Your local trust usually makes equipment that can make it easier to manage at home available after an assessment by an occupational therapist.
This Equipment can take care of food preparation or managing personal care. Examples of such are, kettle tippers or tap turners that can help you out in the kitchen. Equipment that helps raise your furniture like bed and chairs to make getting up easier as well as bath seats, raised toilet seats, or hoists be of assistance in the bathroom.
Your home can be made very adaptable by attaching handrails, changing the position of light switches or sockets or door entry systems.
3. Assistive Technology From Community Services
These are simply referred to as equipment or products that can be used to make things easy for you to manage at home. This equipment is usually gotten through local health and social care trust after an assessment has been made by professional medical personnel.
This assistive technology aids you in many different ways daily such as managing your care, assisting with your mobility and transfers. If you belong to the category and classified as those who fit into locomotor disability, here are some examples of these assistive technology include;
● Bed Levers
● Bathing Aids
● Walking Frames
● Toilet frames
The availability of this equipment will assist you and ensure you are safe, independent, and living a quality life.
4. Surgical Appliances
If you are ever in need of a surgical appliance, your doctor should be able to provide a means whereby a healthcare professional would supply or prescribe an appliance to meet your needs.
Some examples of surgical appliances include;
● Elastic Hosiery
● Surgical Brassieres
5. Assistance Dogs
Assistance dogs are not advisable for everyone and if at all it is suitable for you, you must decide to face any circumstances you find yourself in when using an assistance dogs. Just like every other dog, an assistance dog needs to be fed, looked after, groomed, exercised as well as taken to the vet.
In so many people’s lives, assistance dogs have brought about a great deal of independence and confidence including companionship into their lives.
Anybody who finds the assistance dog suitable must be able to use and care for the dog.
6. Adapting your home
A safe and adaptable home environment can be made to your property for easier adaptation. These changes have to do with minor works like handrails, stair rails shower installation, and door widening. Mostly, an assessment by an occupational therapist must be carried out for you to have access to these services.
7. Dogs for blind or visually impaired people
For people who have lost their sight, guide dogs for assistance can be helpful. Some dogs are specially trained to help carry out certain tasks for those classified under locomotor disability category.
In the United Kingdom, you must be above the age of 16 and have a significant visual loss alongside other disabilities to become a guide dog owner. Most importantly, you should be capable of using and caring for the dog.
8. Dogs for deaf or hearing impaired people
This is for people who are unable to hear or have difficulty hearing. Some dogs are specially trained to help this particular category of people know whenever there are sounds like alarm clocks, babies crying, smoke alarms, and lots more.
You must be above the age of 18 and have a severe hearing disability to become a hearing dog owner.
9. Other assistance dogs.
Not only can dogs be used to help blind or hearing impaired people. A dog can also be used for many different activities as they are trained to and help people with different disabilities.
Examples of such includes;
● Operating control buttons
● Switching lights on and off
● Opening and closing doors
● assisting with wearing and removing of clothes
● calling for help if necessary
● helping during shopping
● Loading and unloading your washing machine, etc
It is also very possible to train dogs in other ways, for example, to alert owners of an imminent epileptic seizure.
10. Wheelchair Service
For those who have difficulty walking or are unable to walk and need a wheelchair, the Department of health’s wheelchair service may be able to make provisions for one.
The wheelchairs can either be manual or powered; However, we have four types of powered wheelchairs, and assessments are required to ensure that your needs are met.
The Department responsible for Health’s wheelchair services is the Regional Disablement Centre at Musgrave Park.
Local assessment centers within the health care trust in Londonderry, Enniskillen, Armagh, Newry, and Antrim also provide such services.
All you need to go through is an assessment by an occupational therapist who recommends the wheelchair that suits your needs.
Regardless of whatever disability you may have or be passing through we hope this blog was able to help you live a safe, happy, and independent life with your disability.