Aids For Paralysis

A recent study and article by the Christopher Reeve Foundation reveals that the number of persons in the United States living with paralysis had been underestimated by about 33%.  It is actually about 1 in 50 or approximately 6 million people in the US whose lives are affected by paralysis and related  problems of enjoying or completing everyday activities.  The study defined paralysis as a “central nervous system disorder resulting in difficulty or inability to move the upper or lower extremities”.  Important to note, almost 1.3 million people have a spinal cord injury, a count that is 5 times greater than an earlier estimate in 2007. 

Strokes are the leading cause of paralysis  (29 percent), followed by spinal cord injury (23 percent) and multiple sclerosis (17 percent).

To view the study in its entirety and learn more about how paralysis affects both the patient and their families, follow this link to the Christopher Reeve Foundation http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.ddJFKRNoFiG/b.5091685/k.58BD/One_Degree_of_Separation.htm

 

Thankfully, advances in treatment, rehabilitation, medicine and product design have allowed many persons with paralysis to overcome both physical and psychological barriers and lead healthy and productive lives. 

The general category of products that are used to help with every day tasks are known as Aids For Daily Living or ADL’s.  This broad category includes adaptive eating and drinking aids, toileting, bathing and dressing assists, kitchen aids and specialized related pediatric versions of many of these products.  There are hundreds of products available from a myriad of sources.  Fortunately finding the right product to help with a specific task may be no more difficult than asking an occupational therapist, contacting a medical/surgical supply store or searching the internet with a product description.

To see examples on the internet of the many ADL’s now available, follow this link to, Care4U,     http://www.care4u.com/featured_products.htm

You’ll find many of the popular products from the US manufacturer, Maddak LLC, a company that has been manufacturing products for home healthcare for over 30 years.  Many of the aids were developed through product suggestions and designs from the community that the products serve.

Feel free to comment on this article or contact me with any questions about the many Aids For Daily Living that can make a difference every day.

 

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