Month: October 2016

3 Unexpected Health Problems Associated With Paralysis

A spinal cord injury is devastating. Living with paralysis is a major change to one’s lifestyle. If it weren’t already bad enough dealing with the loss of mobility and independence, life in a wheelchair can also result in a number of additional complications, known as secondary conditions. Here are some of those unexpected health problems which you will want to…

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Five Things You Can Do To Improve Your Comfort Level in a Wheelchair

You spend a lot of time in your wheelchair so it is essential that it be comfortable. Discomfort in your wheelchair can cause real problems in your day to day life. If you are uncomfortable in your wheelchair, there are a several things you can do to improve your comfort level.

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Can the Elderly Use Pants Up Easy?

Pants Up Easy is a product designed to help people who are wheelchair bound, or have other mobility issues, to safely and independently pull up their pants while getting dressed or after using the restroom. The inventor of this product, Douglas Pearson, came up with the idea after talking to a friend with paraplegia about how difficult it was to…

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Are Restaurants Required to Be Handicap Accessible?

If you or someone you love has a spinal cord injury you know how difficult it can be to get around in public. You have to give yourself a little more time to get where you’re going. In addition, it is important to think about the accessibility at the places you plan on visiting. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities…

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Healthcare Products Occupational Therapists Can Use to Help Assist Their Patients

One of the main jobs of an occupational therapist is to help injured or disabled patients learn how to complete activities of daily living. For example, a person with a recent spinal cord injury may have to use a wheelchair in order to get around. Activities of daily living such as getting dressed, cooking, and bathing are all going to…

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What Are Some Bathroom Safety Products Paraplegics Should Invest In?

Your safety is the highest priority in any situation where you are moving in and out of your wheelchair. A minor fall can turn into a major problem if you cannot get yourself up or call someone nearby for help. The bathroom is a place where falls can easily happen because of the presence of water and the fact that…

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Regaining Your Independence as a Paraplegic

A severe spinal cord injury has the ability to permanently change your life. Not only does it impact your mobility it also impacts your independence. You may feel like you are always going to have to rely on others but it is entirely possible for a paraplegic to learn how to live independently. Below are a few things you need…

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How To Help Your Loved One Reestablish Independence After A Spinal Cord Injury

There is no question that a spinal cord injury is a dramatic and devastating event. Needless to say, it changes the life of the individual who suffered the accident. But it’s also a challenge for family members of the victim. When your loved one has lost much of their independence, it’s going to impact your life as well. We all…

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3 Tools To Decrease Caregiver Strain / Injury While Caring For Patients

The role of caregiver is a noble task, and we know it’s not an easy one. It can be quite a challenge to support the needs of someone who may have recently lost their ability to do what were formerly simple, routine daily tasks. It shouldn’t be surprising that many patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries (SCI) are prone…

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5 Tools That Can Increase Independence For Paraplegics

Having to spend your days confined to a wheelchair is a challenge on many different levels. When we talk to paraplegics, a common theme that we hear frequently is just how deeply frustrating it is to be so dependent on others. People with spinal cord injuries, experiencing the loss of their independence are frequently plagued with feelings of depression and…

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