Support and mobility equipment
What are support and mobility equipment?
Support and mobility equipment, sometimes called “assistive devices” or “mobility aids,” are medical devices that facilitate movement, mobility, and daily activities for people with mobility impairments. Support and mobility equipment includes a variety of accessories, including bath benches, shower chairs, safety poles, bed rails, bed trapezes, handrails, and grab bars.
Support and mobility equipment is used in healthcare facilities to facilitate the movement of patients with limited mobility. They are also frequently used in long-term care facilities and seniors’ residences. They are installed in bathrooms, patient or resident rooms, living rooms, cafeterias, or dining rooms. Mobility and support equipment is also used in private homes to allow people with a loss of independence to continue their daily activities at home.
Regardless of where they are installed, support and mobility equipment provide many benefits, including improving the safety and sense of independence of people with mobility impairments.
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Why use support and mobility equipment?
Using support and mobility equipment in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and seniors’ residences, is one way to improve the safety of patients with limited mobility. This is because support and mobility accessories are designed to prevent the risk of falls, which is one of the leading causes of injury in the elderly. For example, providing a bath bench and a shower chair or installing grab bars in the bath or shower can reduce the risk of tripping or slipping in the bathroom.
Using support and mobility equipment also can improve people’s sense of independence with reduced mobility. Mobility aids support patients with mobility impairments in their movements and make it easier for them to perform certain activities or get around. For example, a trapeze can be installed above the bed in the patient’s or resident’s room to help them move easily from lying down to sitting in bed. A floor-mounted grab bar can be installed near the chairs in the living room to help residents sit up and stand up.
In short, support and mobility equipment are recommended for hospitals and senior living facilities, as it helps improve patients’ safety and independence with limited mobility. HCP’s line of mobility aids includes a wide selection of support and mobility accessories for healthcare facilities.
Support and mobility equipment for healthcare facilities
The primary support and mobility equipment offered in the HCP Mobility Aids Collection are bathroom seating, safety poles, safety rails, grab bars, and bed trapezes. The bathroom seating selection includes bath benches and shower benches. These sturdy and comfortable pieces of equipment are a simple and inexpensive way to improve safety in the bath or shower. Safety poles can be used in any room: bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom, etc. They can be easily installed between the bathtub and the shower. In addition, they are easily installed between the floor and the ceiling with a mounting screw without the need to drill holes. Floor-mounted safety posts are also available for spaces that do not allow floor-to-ceiling installation.
Regarding safety ramps, several models are available to provide comfort and safety in various rooms. The PT RAIL is used to improve safety and mobility around the toilet. Ergonomically designed, it offers angled ramps to prevent wrist fatigue. SMART-RAIL and ASSISTA-RAIL are used in the bedroom. These ramps are easily installed between the mattress and the box spring. They provide safe support when moving around the bed. The ADVANTAGE RAIL is a floor-mounted swivel ramp. It is lockable in eight different positions to provide greater stability for the user. It is used in bedrooms and living rooms, among others.
Then, several models of grab bars are available depending on the intended use. The SUPERBAR is an accessory that can be added to a safety post to make it safer and more versatile. The DEPENDA-BAR is designed to improve safety in the bath and shower. It swivels and can be locked in five different positions to provide added support. EASY MOUNT grab bars can be installed in any room to facilitate movement for patients with limited mobility. The installation bezels on these grab bars have nine holes, allowing for multiple mounting options, such as a slanted mount. Finally, bed trapezes are used in bedrooms to help patients sit up in bed. Two models of trapezes are available, one that must be attached to a safety post and one that must be attached to the ceiling. The trapezes have two staggered rails to allow better use of arm strength.
Another collection of support and mobility equipment is available for healthcare facilities. These are Invisia mobility aids for the bathroom. This line of accessories includes shower chairs, bath benches, and several models of support handles. Offering a modern and elegant spa-inspired look, these support and mobility aids are designed to blend discreetly into any bathroom décor.
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Other medical equipment for patients with reduced mobility
In addition to support and mobility equipment, other ergonomic medical equipment is recommended for healthcare facilities that serve clients with reduced mobility or loss of independence. For example, in senior living facilities, it is recommended that recliners be provided for residents who spend most of the day in a sitting position. These chairs, such as the Laguna or the Echo chair, are designed to provide increased comfort during prolonged sitting. They are also equipped with wheels for easy movement from room to room.
To prevent the development of postural problems or pressure ulcers in patients who spend long hours in a seated position, it is also recommended that healthcare facilities purchase orthopedic cushions. These cushions, such as the Cubic Gel Plate and the ViscoConfort Foam Positioner, are designed to redistribute heat, absorb shock, and better distribute pressure on the buttock bones during prolonged sitting. They can be used with many types of seating: wheelchairs, dining chairs, treatment chairs, etc.