Work from home jobs for disabled people

When I lost my job

Work from home jobs for disabled people would be ideal as many disabled people want to work, but either cannot work at all, had to cut their hours or change their job to one paying less, or want to pack in work or reduce their hours. I cannot work at all. I had to pack in the one I had as I couldn’t possibly have done it. I was earning as much as my husband, so our income halved overnight, and the shock to the finances almost lost us our house. It was a horrible time. I was paralysed down my left side and in such terrible pain I was liable to take an accidental overdose. I was tired all the time and really on edge. I had a one-year-old baby who I was having a great deal of trouble looking after and a fifteen-year-old daughter who understood the problems I was having but had to be at school. My husband had to work; someone had to bring some money in. My parents and siblings worked. I was stuck. I had no money to pay for help. I had been turned down for DLA because I was not ill enough. I didn’t know enough to realise I was sick enough and needed to appeal, and anyway I didn’t have the energy to fight. My daughter was struggling at school because of me, and I was worn out physically, mentally and emotionally. One day my son, who had cholic began crying, and I just rang social services and told them I was not coping at all. They started paying for carers for me and taking my son and me to playgroups a couple of times a week. They also checked my finances and recommended I put my baby in a nursery one day a week so I had a break and tax credits would pay for it. I was on the slippery slop back up, but it had taken me almost a year to get where I was. We were still living a different life to what we had before and I was not happy. I finally got all the payments I was due to and we could at least afford to live, but that was it. Before I had the Multiple Sclerosis attack and gave up my job, we bought what we wanted, did what we wanted, ate what we wanted, had holidays where we wanted and now we were just managing to pay the bills. All our savings had gone and we were living month to month.

Looking for a new job

One day I decided to look for a job. I knew it wouldn’t be easy as I had a list of requirements most employers would not accept. These were:

  • Totally flexible working hours – I cannot tell you when I will be ready to start work and need to finish when I am tired, which could be 2-3 hour a day.
  • Working from home – The 2-3 hours include travelling so it would be impossible to work anywhere except home.
  • I cannot learn new things unless I can keep going over them a lot of times
  • I do not like using telephones as my cognitive thinking is really bad and I cannot think of the right word, especially if I get stressed.
  • Lots of days of when I want them. I have Doctors’ appointments, nurses’ appointments, district nurses call out weekly, specialist appointments, and often I am so tired I would not be able to work afterwards.

I would not be able to earn anything with the hours I would manage to put in.

Looking for online work

I looked at working online and tried a few. Many people want money from you to work online. I wasn’t going to pay anyone just so I could work. I tried a few but didn’t earn anything. I managed to earn a little on Upwork and that didn’t cost me anything, but it would be impossible for me to earn a living on there.

I then began to look into affiliate marketing, but there are a lot of scams going on it the sector, but I found Wealth Affiliates and couldn’t believe it! I hadn’t given them a penny, and they were giving me tools to make the job easier for free! I work the hours I want and just blog about things I know about and make money. How cool is that! I wish I had known about this before. You can work full time and still make money at Wealthy Affiliates in your spare time. Within a week I had a website, and I was enjoying putting my posts on it. I knew nothing about website building before I joined Wealthy Affiliates and here I was with my site. All it takes now is writing about what I like and are interested, and there are even free writing tools and instructions. The people are so friendly and helpful you always have someone to ask if you get stuck with something, and I know how useful they are as I have asked for help and got a few replies quickly. There is a free training program that you do one by one, and like me, you will have a website at the end of it. You can pay for things, such as more training, domain names and more.  I paid for some, but it is not compulsory. I paid for more training and the like because I believed in the company and people and wanted to do even more with my website.

My conclusion

There are many scams out there and when you are desperate for money it seems like a good idea to invest in something such as training, but if you are going to make sure it is the best. Wealthy Affiliates is NOT a scam, it helped me and it can help you. You don’t have to know about website building to achieve a perfect website and then you can blog your heart out and make money at the same time.
If you want to know more, or want to ask a question please comment here and I will get back to you.

Daily living aids for disabled people

As I mentioned in a previous post, I believe in the Social Model of Disability. That means we are disabled people and society disables us.  I get very frustrated as, in 2018 I am still disabled against by people daily, whether it is the things they say to me, the policies and procedures they work by, the physical aspects of buildings and the rest. People think life is getting simpler for disabled people because of all the help we now receive, except we don’t always get it, the laws to protect us, but people are still ignoring them,  and the things specially designed to help us, but they don’t always work. How many of you have bought a daily living aid for disabled people that don’t really work? Is this just another money making scam?

How many problems have I had, just this week, that I wouldn’t have had if I was not disabled? A quite few actually.

I am onto my 3rd e-mail to Unilever regarding a piece of metal Ben found in his Pot Noodle. I think I have told them everything they need to know, but I am sure they will find something else to ask me, such as how old is the kettle that was used to make the Pot Noodle.

Today, I am waiting for someone to come and mend my stairlift, which has broken AGAIN! At least I am downstairs today. I rang at 8.49 this morning, and I am still waiting, and it is now 3 pm and after another call they say he should be here between four and five. I’m glad it didn’t breakdown at lunchtime or I wouldn’t have gotten to bed tonight.

I am hoping my quotations for our downstairs extension are in the post today, so I can get further with that so that I will have a bedroom and wet room downstairs. It is over a week ago it was measured and discussed, but I am still waiting.

I am trying to find somewhere in the Crofton area where a family member can have a birthday party and I can get in and also use the toilet. I know I am very demanding, but I really cannot help it! So far I have found one I may be able to get into, but the accessible toilet is I the ladies, so my husband cannot take me, and he’s one of my carers.

So, apart from that, I was thinking about daily living aids for disabled people and how much money I have spent on things to help me that didn’t, wouldn’t or couldn’t. I have wasted my money on several things that I just couldn’t understand how to use, or they were impossible to use or didn’t work. I bought stuff like a needle threader, that was more difficult and harder to see than the needle, numerous bathroom aids I cannot use, and loads of sleep aids that are useless. The amount of money I have wasted is ridiculous, but I still keep trying.

What have you wasted money on, or did you find something that worked? I would love to know.

Walking Aids for Disabled People or People with Disabilities

Are we disabled people or people with disabilities?

This question confuses many people, and indeed it is more about language than disability or people. Language and the words we use are imperative. They shape the way we see ourselves and the way people view us. Many people I have come across go by the ‘people with disabilities’ is putting the person first. I do not see it that way. We are disabled people. We are disabled by many things, but not usually ourselves.

As Titchkosky and Michalko (2014:101) pointed out; people may subscribe to one particular story of disability. An important story today says that disability is a social phenomenon produced by a society’s failure to respond adequately to impairment. This story, however we judge it, does not eliminate other dominant storytellers, such as medicine, that tell the story of disability as something unwanted that lurks in an individual and must be rooted out or managed.

Disability is an identity that has been hotly contested since the 1970s it the UK. In 1975, an early disability rights organisation in the UK,  Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS) claimed “in our view it is society which disables physically impaired people. Disability is something imposed on top of our impairments by the way we are isolated and excluded from full participation in society.”

In 1983, Mike Oliver, the disabled academic, coined the phrase “social model of disability” about these idea’s building on the distinction between impairment and disability suggested by UPIAS. Oliver never meant the ‘social model of disability’ to be THE theory of disability, but a starting point in changing how society views disability.

The ‘social model’ was then developed more by both academics and activists in Australia, the UK, the US and other countries, and came to include all disabled people, including those with learning difficulties/learning disabilities, mentally disabled, and people with emotional, mental health or behavioural problems.

A fundamental part of the ‘social model’ concerns equality and is a reaction to the more dominant ‘medical model’ which believes the body should be fixed so it can fit in with society.

The ‘social model’ focuses on changes in society including:

  • Attitudes, such as being more positive towards people with mental impairments and not underestimating the quality of life possible with those impairments.
  • Social support to help deal with the barriers, aids, resources and positive discrimination to help overcome them, such as a ‘buddy’ to explain the culture of and at work for an autistic member of staff.
  • Information, and making sure it is supplied in a format the person needs such as large print, braille, or explaining more or simpler.
  • Physical structures, such as installing ramps and lifts, and
  • Flexible working hours for a person who has panic attacks travelling in the rush hour, or someone with a sleep disorder.

The ‘social model’ argues against disabled people needing to be ‘fixed’(medical model), but rather society needs fixing.

So where do you buy your walking aids?

There are many places you can buy walking aids online and it does make things much simpler for many people, me included. It might be nice to go to a shop or showroom and have a look around and maybe even try a few, but it is not always as simple as it sounds for us. I know when I go out, sometimes to a rugby match, sometimes shopping, maybe even meeting friends for a drink and a chat, even though I am in the wheelchair it still tires me out. I nearly always take a PA with me, so it is not from the manual wheeling, it is from so many things we used to take for granted. Personally, my problems start with my cognitive thinking. I have problems with many aspects of thinking such as my short term memory, attention span, planning, decision-making, understanding and concentration. This also exhausts me just by trying to think. This fluctuates from day to day so I cannot tell you if next Saturday I am going to be OK for wheelchair shopping or not.

It is also difficult for me to go out on the spur of the moment as I need to organise myself and find a PA. Then transport and working out the best route to walk after we have parked. The UK roads and causeways are notoriously bad for cracks, potholes and other problems and there are streets I cannot go down. There areas where I cannot cross the road as there is a drop curb on one side of the road, but not on the other.

This is why I buy most of my products online. Grocery shopping is much easier online these days, and although I miss the browsing, I think I spend less as I am not as tempted by things I see. Toiletries I buy either with my grocery shopping or from somewhere else, but still by making a list and following it.

The same goes for any walking aids for disabled people. It is much better to write a list of what you need and follow it so you don’t get distracted by things you don’t need and then forget what you do need. I can no longer shop on the high street for important things due to the problems with my cognitive thinking. If I manage to concentrate until I have all the facts, I still cannot make a decision.

If I was shopping for a new walking stick, I would need one with:

  • Comfort handle
  • Adjustable size

So I would probably choose:

 

A new wheelchair would include:

  • Manual
  • self propelling
  • lightweight
  • Foldable

So I could choose:

or this:

or this:

or this:

You also need to check seat size is the right one for you.

Just make your list out and search.

Conclusion.

I suggest doing the shopping the easiest way for you. I used to check what I needed in a store, then go online once I had decided, but now I know what I want and need I don’t bother going to a store at all. I can find everything I need online and usually start with Amazon and EBay. Don’t waste your energy

 

 

 

 

 

What is the best manual wheelchair?

Since becoming disabled, and especially since starting this blog, many friends think I am the best person to ask about disability aids, and I think I am quite good on the subject. The problem I have is when they say “What is the best manual wheelchair, electric wheelchair, walking frame or walking stick to get my mum?”

So What is the Best Manual Wheelchair?

It is a very good question, but not one I can answer. Why not? Because I can tell you what the best wheelchair, walking frame or walking stick is for me, and I can help your mum find the best one for her, but no-one can really decide what the best wheelchairs, walking frame or walking stick is for someone else, only guide them. If they cannot manage to work through the decision with help, only someone who knows them very well can choose. This also causes problems with families as if they have a carer who works closely with them, as they are the person to help choose. A son or daughter who sees them once a week will know less than a carer who sees them every day. A younger son or daughter who is also a carer will know their parent better than the eldest, who visits weekly. Children often take it as an insult that I don’t think they know their parent good enough, or someone knows them better.

My Example

A good example of this is in the UK Social Services Wheelchair Services gives out wheelchairs. I used this service for a self-propelled wheelchair a couple of years ago. I thought “a free wheelchair, that is great”. I had bought my own before and I buy my own now. “Why?” You might ask when I can get them for free. Because, when the ideal wheelchair for me would have been something like a ‘Z Tec Deluxe Folding Self-Propelled Aluminium Wheelchair’, just a basic, self-propelled, fold-able wheelchair. The person who was dealing with me decided I needed a different one and I thought she knew better so I accepted a non-folding Quickie wheelchair that she recommended. This one is no good for me at all as it gives me back and shoulder pain if I sit in it for too long, and I sit in it all day, at my desk.

It’s not a bad Wheelchair, Just a bad Decision

I know for some people it is ideal. It is the lightest wheelchair I have had and is easy to propel myself around the house. It also lets me sit up properly rather than slouch, which I prefer. Unfortunately, I need it to be OK for others to push me too as I have not got a lot of strength in my arms and also tire very quickly.  It is very difficult to dismantle and my husband cannot push it as he cannot see where the front wheels are, causing me to go down potholes and hit ridges. It is also very top-heavy, meaning anything he hits tips the wheelchair, and me, forward. It frightens my brother due to it being top-heavy, and even though I wear a seat belt to stop me being thrown out, he walks backwards down kerbs, ramps and any other downward slope. He says he is afraid the wheelchair will tip over with me in it. My parents cannot dismantle it and prefer a folding one. Only my daughter prefers it, due mainly to the weight, but also because she says I look comfier in it because I sit better in it.

New wheelchair

Now I have had to buy another wheelchair as well. As you might have guessed I bought the Z Tec Deluxe folding self-propelled aluminium wheelchair and it is so much better – for me and my carers. My daughter is fine with it as she understands everyone needs to be able to use it, which with the Z Tec wheelchair they can.

My Conclusion

I cannot understand how anyone can decide what I want, and need, in a wheelchair. I wonder if the lady from Wheel Chair Services will let me pick her next car for her because I am sure I know exactly what she wants! If you want what I chose, head over to eBay to buy yours.

Powered wheelchair reviews

I am in the process of buying a new powered wheelchair and it is very exciting. I have hired many powered chairs when I have gone away, so I feel I know quite a bit about them and I know what I want. I have had a powered chair before, but it was second-hand, but this time I am buying new so I can get exactly what I want and need.

While I am looking I will be posting powered wheelchair reviews here for your information.

Before I started looking I made a wishlist of the requirements I wanted and suggest you do the same. Here is mine:

  • Foldable – for storage and transport
  • Lightweight – for my carer to lift it in and out of the boot
  • Long range – for spending a full day out if required
  • Good manoeuvrability – for getting around the house and also for shopping
  • Simple to use – I’m very easy to confuse!
  • Anti-tilt – I need to make sure it is not going to tip when I go up small kerbs.

This might be similar to your wish list, or completely different, but you need to know what you are looking for before you get drawn into buying something that sounds good but isn’t suitable for you.

It didn’t take me long to find something I liked.

Foldawheel PW-1000XL (Lightweight Power Wheelchair) made by Wheelchair88 Ltd at £1999/$2704 at Amazon.

Foldawheel PW-1000XL is a very advanced lightweight powered wheelchair that weighs only 26kg; 57lbs. It is heavy duty but lightweight powered wheelchair suitable for users up to 150kg; 330lb; 23.5 stones. It opens and folds in just 1 second. It can run 13km; 8 miles on one battery, but amazingly it can carry up three batteries for almost 39km; 24 miles continuous usage. Even I cannot do that much shopping! The maximum speed is only 5 miles per hour, but that is fine for me as I would only use it on the pavement and the maximum speed in the UK is 4 miles per hour. It is made of high-grade full aluminium alloy which is why it weighs so little (26kg with one battery). It has a powerful 250-Watt, quiet, brushless motors with large 10” rear tyres. It comes fitted with anti-tilt support for free and it has a maximum slope capability of 13 degrees when using anti-tilt support.

Stands upright by itself when folded for easy transportation and storage, and it is very compact when it is folded. The seat is 19” between armrests with an 18” cushion and the sides are open at the front part for even more space. The armrests are raiseable and the footrest is foldable for easier access on and off the chair. The seat cushion and backrest are removable for washing.

These batteries are allowed on planes, so you can take this powered chair away with you. Wheelchair88 informed me these batteries were acceptable on flights as long as they less than 100 watts and Wheelchair88 batteries are 96 watts. What a bonus!

Also, when you buy a Foldawheel PW-1000XL you get an exclusive think and tough travel bag, a worldwide workable charger and global support services to make worldwide travel even easier.

There are also extras you can add, such as the extra batteries, adjustable headrest, USB power adapter, bottle holder and led light. It has a height adjustable backrest push handle if you ever need it.

This chair gives me everything I am looking for and more. Before you buy, if you want to ask any questions their online chat is very good

Different Wheelchair Types

If you are ready for a wheelchair, either a replacement or a first one, what should you look for?

There are many wheelchair types, but they come in three different groups:

  • Manual wheelchairs
  • Electric wheelchairs
  • Buggies/scooters

Manual Wheelchairs.

Manual wheelchairs come in a variety of types.

Self-propelled wheelchairs

Self-propelled wheelchairs are the most common type of manual wheelchair, and the one most people recognise. They are not usually assisted by anything such as a battery or an auto propelling system. This type of wheelchair is ideal for someone who has reasonable control over their arms.

These chairs have large rear wheels with a push rim which allow the user to grip and propel the wheelchair on their own. Most of these are folding, which allows for more accessible storage when not in use and when travelling. Many also have removable back wheels which makes it possible to detach and place in a smaller boot (trunk).

You can also find ultra-lightweight chairs weighing 25 to 30 pounds and lightweight chairs weighing less than 40 pounds. These are good for travelling with your chair and folding it to place in a vehicle. They still have the large back wheel so the person can propel themselves and handles so they can be pushed. Usually, they are upholstered in nylon, and the lightest chairs do not always have a cushioned seat.

Transport Wheelchairs

These chairs are designed to be pushed by others rather than the user propelling themselves. They have small back wheels which the user cannot grip. You often see them in hospitals. They usually fold for storage. Standard transport wheelchairs can accommodate users up to 300 pounds, and heavy-duty transport chairs can be used for people who weigh more.

Hemi Height Wheelchairs

If the disabled person can use his feet to propel himself more successfully than his upper limbs, a hemi height chair has a lower seat to allow for this. Some wheelchairs are made on a dual axle so they can be raised to a standard height and lowered to a hemi height.

Heavy-Duty and Bariatric Manual Wheelchairs

Some people may need these heavy-duty wheelchairs due to their size or weight. These wheelchairs have a more substantial and sturdier frame and more generous seats. Models for larger patients can support up to 700 pounds and occasionally recline to distribute the user’s weight.

Tilt and Recliner Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs that tilt can be altered by a carer to a position that is comfortable for the user. Recliner wheelchairs may have a taller backrest that makes them comfortable when reclined.

Sport Wheelchairs

Sport for disabled people is becoming more popular, and if you want to play off-pavement sports or rugby or basketball, and many other sports, a sports wheelchair is built to be what you need. They are very manoeuvrable, and they can be customised to different sports.

Paediatric Wheelchairs

Paediatric wheelchairs are for children and feature a small frame with a narrow, shallow seat.

The handles can usually telescope to a height that is more comfortable for an adult pushing the chair.

Powered or Electric Wheelchairs

There are really only three types of powered wheelchairs.

Standard powered wheelchairs.

These powered wheelchairs usually come fitted with standard controls and seats, but they do vary between individual models and make. Some models will fold, and some dismantle to make it easier to transport them.

Standard Plus powered wheelchairs

These are the standard powered wheelchairs with many adaptations and accessories that can be fitted to them to help meet your needs and to make mobility easier for your precise disability. A specialist dealer can help what adaptations you need.

Custom-built powered wheelchairs

Custom-built powered chairs are built with various modifications and adaptations. They the most advanced technology so even with very limited movement it is probable that you’ll find an appropriate product. If you think you need a custom-built wheelchair, you should contact a specialist dealer who will help you decide what you need and build it for you.

Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters are becoming more popular for disabled and older people.

A mobility scooter is probably the ideal choice for you if you can travel reasonably independently, getting on and off the mobility scooter on your own, and can use a bicycle type steering column or tiller. Disability scooters come in three different sizes: small, medium and large. Make sure that you choose the mobility scooter most suitable for your needs and lifestyle.

Small scooters

These are the lightest and most straightforward to transport. Small scooters usually dismantle into a few parts, allowing you to put it in a car boot(trunk). You need to make sure that any small scooter you lease can fit comfortably into your car if that is one of your requirements, and that you, or your carer, can lift it into the boot. These scooters are usually made with a lighter frame which makes them better for transporting, but this determines the limit to the amount of passenger weight they can carry and the distance they can travel, usually a maximum of about 10 miles, before they need recharging. Many small scooters fold or dismantle for storage and transportation and can be used in the home if you have adequate access. They usually have a lower maximum weight, generally up to 135kg or 21 stone. They are not suitable for road use.

Medium scooters (UK Class 2 and Class 3)

These are usually sturdier and can to transport more weight than the small scooters. The medium scooters can also travel at faster speeds, up to 6mph. However, this also makes them more difficult to fold or dismantle, so they are hard to transport in a car. Class 3 medium scooters can be used on UK roads if they are taxed. Medium scooters can generally a go a maximum of around 20 miles before recharging, and they can also carry a higher weight ranging from about 135kg to 150kg (21 to 25 stone), depending on which model you purchase. However, they do have a wider turning circle than smaller models.

Large scooters (UK Class 3)

These are suitable for longer distances and rougher surfaces and can be used on UK roads if taxed. These scooters can usually carry between 20 to 30 stone (up to a maximum of 250kg) in passenger weight and generally have larger seats. Due to the size of these scooters, you will need to have a lockable storage space for them. They are not easy to transport either. The majority of large scooters are classified as Class 3 so must have road tax which is provided free in the UK providing you do not have a car (only one free tax per person). They can go up to 8mph on the road, but in the UK, there is a 4mph limit on pavements. The battery range is much better too, averaging 25 to 30 miles between charging. They have a horn, lights and indicators.

Having a wheelchair can be exciting, embarrassing, annoying, good and lots more different emotions to different people. When my family, doctors, MS nurses, social services and others started telling me I needed a wheelchair I insisted I didn’t. I knew I was struggling, but I thought getting a wheelchair would make my walking worse. Now I know I need it and I am glad I got it. I say it but I now have three, depending on what I am doing and who I am with. My life is so much better now. Anyone out there not convinced by the people around them, I say try a wheelchair out. You can rent them from some places and you could possibly try it out in the home, or during a weekend away just to see it you can achieve more using less energy. I know I can.

If you require any further information, or would just like a chat about how you feel please contact me.

 

 

Different types of walking frames for disabled people

Walking frames

There are different types of equipment to help disabled people walk. What is best depends where you are walking, whether you need a seat, or a shopping trolley or a tray, or a mixture of these. Many people have more than one type, for different purposes, indoor and outdoor, shopping or gardening.  I don’t believe there is a ‘best mobility walker’ as they all do different things, which you need to take into account.

Walking frames and Zimmer frames

A walking frame is an aid for disabled or elderly people who need extra support to maintain balance or stability while walking. They are also known as Zimmer frames in the United Kingdom, after Zimmer Holdings who are a major manufacturer of these types of devices.

walking frameThe design consists of a lightweight surround, about waist high, approximately 12 inches (30 cm) deep and slightly wider than the person using it. Walking frames are also available in other sizes such as paediatric for children or bariatric for large or obese persons. Walkers are usually height adjustable to allow a comfortable height for the user.  The height should let the user keep a small bend in their arms. This bend is essential to enable the blood to circulate through the arms as the walker is used. The front legs of the walker may have wheels attached, depending on the strength of the person using it. If you are looking for a simple mobility walker this could be what you need.

Tri walkers

Tri-walkers are 3 wheeled walking frames with a light frame and three solid wheels. They are compact and simple to use, and tri-walkers can usually be folded for storage and making them easy to transport. If you are looking for lightweight, folding walking frames this could be what you need.

Rollators

Rollators have a different approach to the walker, but are a type of 3 wheeled, or, more often, 4 wheeled mobility walkers.  The original rollator was invented by a Swedish inventor called Aina Wifalk, in 1978. When Aina was 21, she developed polio, and when she was around fifty, she had the idea for the rollator. Although initially a brandrolltor name, rollator has become a generic name for 4 wheeled mobility walkers in several countries and is also the most common type of walker in several European countries. Aina wanted to help as many disabled people as possible, so she never patented her designs.

The rollator has a frame with 3 or 4 large wheels, handlebars, with brakes, and a seat, which allows the user to rest if required. Rollators often have a shopping basket or bag, and Rollators are usually more advanced than other wheeled walkers. They are height adjustable in and light-weight, yet a lot sturdier than conventional walkers. The brakes are typically lifted up or pushed down to instantly stop the rollator. With practice, the brakes can be used in manoeuvring the rollator; for example by braking on one side while turning towards that side a much tighter turning can be achieved. If you are looking for sturdy 4 wheeled mobility walkers this could be what you need.

What to consider when buying mobility walkers

As with all mobility aids, you need to think about what you want and need from the product you are purchasing. If you get tired quickly when out, you could benefit from buying in a rollator, as they usually come fitted with a seat, for taking breaks from walking. On the other hand, do you struggle with your strength and find some walking aids too weighty and bulky for you to manage? If that is the case, a lightweight tri-walker could be a better buy for you. Do you have your own car, or do you travel by taxi or bus? Do you go out alone? Do you walk long distances? All these things need to be taken into account as a rollator sounds excellent, but if you travel alone by bus you could find it difficult to lift, and space could be a problem, although with your own care and someone accompanying you it could be ideal. The rollator you find ideal for shopping may be too difficult to manoeuvre around the house. A smaller indoor rollator or a wheeled walking frame with a tray fitted could help you move things from room to room as well as helping with your walking and balance.

Conclusion

4 wheeled mobility walkerIf you are looking for mobility walkers, you have to think about what you need before purchasing.  You may decide to buy an expensive one that will be useful for all your needs, or it may be better for you to buy 2 or even 3 cheaper ones to do different jobs. However, make sure you are buying what you need and not throwing your money away on something you cannot use.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me and I will try to help you.

Disability walking aids – what do you choose?

If you begin to have difficulty walking it is time to start looking at disability walking aids; this can be a momentous decision in anyone’s life. There are many walking aids you can look at, and there are many types. The first thing you need to decide is, do you need a walking stick or a crutch?

Here are a few things to think about before you buy

Types of walking sticks.

There are many types of walking sticks out there, but which one is right for you? The things you need to consider include:

  • What design of handle do you need?
  • Material do you want it made from?
  • What other features do you want?

Handles

The handle of you walking stick is an integral part of the walking stick for your use and here are some of the more common types to look at.

  • Tourist, crook or hook – This is the handle most commonly associated with a walking stick, and the oldestcrook handle walking stick design. It is an inverted ‘J’ which can be used in either hand and can be hung over the arm when not in use.
  • Fritz and Derby – Both the Fritz and Derby are open-ended, almost straight handles which can be used in either hand. People with arthritis, or sensitive hands many prefer these handle as fingers have more space to move.
  • Ergonomic and Fischer. These are sometimes referred to as comfort grip, due to their shape. They increase the ease of the grip for the user which is very important for users with disabilities which also involve their hands or wrists and better spread the load from the user into the stick itself. You need to buy the left or right-handed walking stick.

Material

The two most common types of walking stick material are, most obviously, wood and aluminium. Wooden walking sticks are usually ash, cherry or oak as they are beautiful to look at and very strong. However, there are rarer types of wood from all over the world, and you can find some beautiful wooden sticks. Aluminium is a newer, and lighter, type of stick and there are a lot of different coloured and patterned ones on the market.

Other features

Walking sticks have lots of other features to consider too. Do you want to be able to fold it when it is not in use? How about adjusting it to the right size? Do you need a shooting stick, which turns into a one-legged perch, or a folding chair to rest a while? What about an umbrella stick for days out? The choice is endless. You can get decorative walking sticks made to match your outfit, and you can even combine two features such as an adjustable folding walking stick.

You can have them handmade, to your specifications or buy them as a premade standard issue, and you can also purchase specialised walking sticks such as extra long or extra short.

Types of crutches

Again there are many types of crutches, and again you can have them made of wood or aluminium. The styles are very different though and depend on the support you need. Again you can have different colours and patterns on the aluminium ones.

  • Underarm or axillary crutch – Underarm or axilla crutches are used by putting the pad beneath the armpit and against the ribs and holding the grip. They are used to provide support for patients who have a temporary limitation on walking. Often with underarm crutches, some kind of soft pad is used to reduce armpit injury.
  • Forearm or elbow crutch – A forearm or elbow crutch (also commonly has a cuff at the top which goes around the forearm. This cuff is usually made of plastic or metal and can be half or full circle. You use it by inserting the arm into the cuff and hold onto the grip.
  • Forearm crutches are the most common type used in Europe, whether it is for the long or short term. In other parts of the world, forearm crutches are more likely to be used by people with long-term disabilities, and axillary crutches more often used for short-term disabilities.
  • Platform – These are not as common and used by people with reduced hand grip due to cerebral palsy, arthritis, or other conditions. The arm is strapped on a level platform, and the hand rests on a grip which, can be angled to a comfortable position for the person using it.
  • Leg support – These unusual crutches are for people with an injury or disability affecting one lower leg only. The affected leg is strapped into a frame that holds the lower part of the leg off the ground while transferring the load from the ground to the user’s knee or thigh. This style of crutch has the advantage of not using the hands or arms while walking. A possible benefit is that upper thigh weakening is reduced due to the affected leg remaining in use. These crutch designs are unusable if you have a thigh, pelvic or hip injury and you should check with your physiotherapist before purchasing if you have a knee injury.

Conclusion

Buying a walking stick or crutch, especially your first walking stick or crutch, can be a confusing, and sometimes intimidating process. Many people do not want their first walking aid as they do not want to look disabled, even though they are. A walking stick or crutch is only a disability walking aid and will most likely slow down the progression of most injuries and help cure many, so you don’t have to fear buying one. It is to get you from ‘A’ to ‘B’ like a car, only buying a new walking aid is much cheaper but a lot less exciting.