Assistive devices play a crucial role in preventing injuries in persons with disabilities and chronic conditions of all ages. Lack of (or improper) assistive devices can lead to deterioration in health status, through muscular weakness, hip fracture, shoulder damage, and increased risk for developing secondary conditions. A modest investment in safety devices such as grab bars for the shower and/or bathtub or handrails installed throughout the home can prevent costly hospitalization due to slips and falls. Grabbers/reachers, which can lift objects from a distance or manipulate doorknob grips or levers, allow for safer and more effective extension of the body as well as easier exiting from a room or building in case of an emergency. High tech devices include a video security monitor attached to a telephone or other strategic location. Furthermore, without proper assistive technology, individuals with disabilities are increasingly unable to visit their primary health providers which can aggravate existing conditions or cause new injuries.
- Grab bars and handrails. The installation of grab bars along the interior walls of a bathtub and shower allow a person susceptible to falls or hip injuries to continue to use the shower while minimizing the risks of falling when one’s balance is compromised. Handrails are also simple yet very important assistive devices in the prevention of injury. Strategically placed handrails can provide extra support and balance to people with disabilities, and significantly aid in the prevention of disastrous slips and falls.