Family Help Guides - Long Term Conditions and Illnesses.

Longterm illness like arthritis, dementia, and incontinence have a profound impact and both the patient and their family. At Aids 4 Mobility, we recognize that coping with longterm illness is a family affair and have compiled a number of guides to help you and your family better understand the diagnosis, what they can do to help, and devices and equipment that may make living with the a longterm illness easier.

How to Maintain Physical Mobility and Stay Active With Physical Disabilities?

Maintain physical mobility and stay active

 

Are you worried that you won’t be able to maintain physical mobility as you get older? Many look forward to life after they retire when they no longer have to work long hours and can enjoy hobbies and traveling. And even though we all like to retire somewhere on a beach lying underneath the gentle sun rays that don’t necessarily mean a lack of mobility, especially when the mobility issues that require assistive aids start to kick in.

Or maybe you’re facing what seems the most difficult time in your life due to an injury that makes staying active that much harder? Maintaining your mobility isn’t only about moving around out in the world. It’s also about being able to take care of the things that keep you comfortable and safe at home. Since unfortunately, we don’t live in a world where everyone can afford to hire someone to help them maintain their mobility, we need to learn to stay as active as we can not only because it can burden our finances but also because random activities keep us energized, help us maintain physical mobility, and allow us to stay healthy.

The global situation has additionally put pressure on everyday life, leaving people feeling exhausted and unmotivated to do ordinary things such as even getting out of bed. Staying independent has been a major concern to people especially because they are unable to spend time with their loved ones. Being independent is one thing, but feeling alone is totally different. At times like these, it is advisable to seek emotional support, regardless of it coming from your loved ones or a professional. For those with physical disabilities, this concern isn’t abstract at all. Finding aids for mobility that will make you able to move around the home and perform your regular physical activities bringing back your energy can make all the difference in how much independence you maintain and how strong your emotional health gets.

Regardless of whether or not you have mobility issues now, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you can maintain your mobility as long as possible. You may have a disability or condition that affects your mobility now only slightly, but you may suffer some more severe conditions later on in life if you do not address this pressing matter properly in its early stage. If you want to know how to maintain your mobility with physical disabilities, read on. We’ll discuss the best ways to prevent mobility loss and keep being active, so you can age gracefully and stay independent for as long as you can, preferably, forever.

Any physical disability can impact mobility, although older adults are sometimes affected by more than one disability. For example, those who develop arthritis often also face lower levels of strength or balance. Losing a significant amount of strength in your arms can mean that you are unable to open a bottle of water, or even perform daily routines you once effortlessly could. Balance issues can lead to having a hard time staying stable when walking or reaching for something. Seniors with Parkinson’s disease have problems with movement and coordination, which is why we will stay on top of this matter later on in this blog separately. Parkinson’s is a disease that affects your day-to-day life and even though controllable, you need to find just the right aids to help you get through the toughest moments.

The struggle to maintain physical mobility with disabilities is a big concern for many people. Letting yourself go or staying in poor health can make things even worse over time. For those who are still worried about their mobility later in life, doing little things now can prevent or improve mobility for the future. You might have come across in a magazine or seen a documentary or an ad on TV that if you exercise regularly, you can improve your agility, flexibility, and strength resulting in less stiffness in your joints (like knees, hips, or back), and that may help maintain your mobility. This is actually very true; however, you have to find just the right exercise that will help you get stronger without causing any damage. Different conditions ask for different exercises. The best way to find the right ones for you is to ask your doctor who knows all about your diagnosis.

Mobility aids can help people with physical disabilities in their day-to-day life. Using mobility aids can help people feel better, be more active and reduce the chances of secondary complications arising from the primary disability. There are several mobility aids such as wheelchairs, rollators, canes, and more, that are useful to anyone who’s struggling with such difficulties. But there are also mobility aids that are designed specifically for certain conditions.

 

How can I improve my Parkinson's mobility?

If you have Parkinson's disease, sudden falls may be one of your greatest concerns. Falls and trips are not uncommon and they can definitely be disabling in people with Parkinson's disease, affecting up to 60% of those who live at home, especially alone. It is important to do everything possible to minimize the number of falls and their consequences and maintain your mobility to stay strong. It is also important to reduce other risk factors for falling for older people and those with specific health conditions like Parkinson's.

People living with Parkinson's disease may find moving around the house and outside and doing daily activities does not come as naturally as it once did. It might seem contradictory, but to increase your confidence, you have to move! And you will see that your family will welcome the improved version of you. By getting out there and moving, you are setting a great example for your loved ones and improving your own health at the same time maintaining mobility

Granted, it might be challenging to get going at first. Some people facing Parkinson’s disease may experience the “freeze” moment while standing up. While they are in the “freeze” state of mind, it is difficult to think about and or even to begin to take the next step. This can lead to a feeling of being stuck or trapped in that very spot, which then leads to extreme anxiety and stress, which generally makes movement more challenging. So how do you prepare for these challenges? By planning ahead and making a move!

Regular physical activity helps with movement and it is important to focus on it every day. There are also some specific exercises you can use to improve your daily routine which should be determined with the help of your physician. I hope you will feel better through this process and realize that improving your confidence in moving around really does start with maintaining mobility! Canes, walkers, wheelchairs and other aids can help people move around when they need a little extra support.

When deciding on a cane, get a straight one preferably with a rubber tip. We recommend avoiding tripod or quad canes (those with three- or four-point bases). People with Parkinson’s disease seem to have difficulty using these types of canes since they provide less stability because all points don’t touch the ground at the same time every time. The cane's hand grips should always be comfortable to the hand and you should adjust the cane height for best support. Sticks are also helpful and can assist when you try to maintain  physical mobility and better posture while moving or walking. However please consult a physical therapist to decide if these mobility aids are safe for you.

Another mobility aid you can try is a walker or a rollator with four or more wheels for better stability and to make turning easier. Large wheels, swivel casters, and hand brakes give the most stability and you should always seek aids that offer these additional features. Rollators with built-in seats and baskets can be especially helpful. These can assist you when doing your chores or going to buy things at the store. This is a great physical activity that will keep you moving while maintaining your independence.

As Parkinson’s disease advances, you may need a wheelchair. It is important to know what to look for when choosing the wheelchair and who can help you make this decision of getting the right one. It is best that your caregiver consults your doctor and gets all the crucial information mandatory for decision-making. Here are a few helpful tips: get an appointment with your physical therapist to find out which chair best meets your needs. Don't forget to check with your insurance team to learn about covered services in your insurance plan because not all wheelchairs are covered. You may need to pay for some of them. When choosing, try to choose a lightweight wheelchair, since they are easier to place in and lift out of the car. Depending on your condition and needs or on your caregiver's situation, you might want to choose a wheelchair with more features for getting around your home and a lighter, even foldable, wheelchair for when you have to travel.

Another interesting way to maintain physical mobility is to move your upper extremities and what better way than to amuse yourself by doing a jigsaw puzzle. This entertaining activity not only makes you move your arms around, but it also exercises your brain.

 

 

Maintaining mobility with physical disabilities doesn’t have to be hard.

Getting regular physical activity is immensely important for all people for good health. But people with a mobility disability, such as people facing difficulty walking or climbing the steps, often have limitations to achieving the recommended dose of daily physical activity. Regardless, comprehending more about walking behavior is important so that we can develop a thorough and optimal plan to help promote physical activity.

A physical activity plan that is specifically designed for people with mobility disabilities such as the walking group approach is a very outgoing way to keep mobile and maintain physical mobility. Research has shown that walking groups are functional and effective in improving physical activity among people with disabilities regardless of whether they are young or elderly. They have proven to be effective even with minimal support from supportive helpers and professional caregivers. Walking groups can also improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence, as well as strengthen your emotional health, decrease the need for social isolation and relieve depression, increase functional ability, and improve agility.

There are several types of difficulties people may be facing such as serious difficulty walking or climbing steps, deafness or severe difficulty hearing; blindness or severe difficulty seeing, severe difficulty concentrating or making decisions; difficulty doing errands on their own; or even difficulty dressing or bathing. All these physical difficulties can be classified as disabilities that can limit one's way of life. Luckily, there are some fun activities that can help you stay mobile and keep your gears running.

 

Outdoor activities to maintain physical mobility

Outdoor activities are a great way to enjoy some time under the sun rays and gather some vitamin D while doing some of your favorite hobbies. Most adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions are capable of exercising in a regular physical activity program. However, special considerations must be taken when working with this population. These considerations depend on the individual functional abilities, characteristics, and specific diagnosis.

As we mentioned, simple walking is one of the most beneficial and health-supporting activities that require no special preparation or equipment. It can be done almost anywhere and at any time. For those facing partial disabilities, walking provides many of the same benefits as it does for everyone else. It improves your physical health, increases your energy level, reduces stress, improves self-esteem and self-confidence, and boosts your social life. People with disabilities are able to walk or move with the use of assistive devices, such as walkers. This type of exercise is strongly recommended for persons with heart disease, diabetes, struggling with obesity, depression, and even recovering or coping with cancer. Obviously, the statement that physical activity can improve your mental health and well-being isn’t a new discovery. Doctors have been recommending it for these and other conditions for a long time as well as many others such as stress and anxiety.

Home activities include things you can do inside your house as well as in your yard. Being physically active at home is a great way to stay healthy. Being at home gives you flexible options to get moving whenever it works best for you and your family. Whether you have a physical disability, illness, or other reason that limits your mobility, or maybe just want more flexibility, there are many ways to stay active from the comfort of your own home. You may not be able to go out for a run, but there are many mobility aids that can help you stay physically active in the comfort of your nest. Whatever physical challenges you may have, staying active will improve your overall well-being and health. Being physically active is healthy for your body and mind. 

One of the most fulfilling and relaxing hobbies you can try is gardening. Do you have mobility issues that are making it difficult for you to take care of a garden? Or maybe you’re not even sure if gardening is right for you, no matter how much you enjoy being outside? Either way, you are in luck. This blog will help you identify what type of assistive garden tools to use. We will also cover the best mobility aids for spending time outdoors when there is so much to be done with your yard. Gardening is a great way to be active and enjoy some fresh air. In order to have the best gardening experience, you may need some mobility aids.

Kneeling is hard on your fragile knees although it’s an essential gardening task that we all have to do. To reduce the pain of kneeling down and getting up, maybe consider getting a  garden knee pad that can be used many times over. Using them can make a huge difference in reducing the uncomfortableness from kneeling. 

A great tool for those who have difficulty using their hands and wrists is an ergonomic trowel. The support will enable the user to use the strength of the forearm. This aids in the process of troweling, helping you to get a better grip and results in being able to use less strength. The support enables the user to use the strength of their forearm. It can be used with any garden tool designed to work with one hand, such as a spade or fork. The support is best used in a standing or kneeling position. The design of the sling allows the user to perform repetitive tasks for longer periods of time while making it easier to dig and move soil. This product is created for users who need mobility assistance for their hands or arms and includes three different positions.

Another way to maintain physical mobility is by doing chores around and outside the house. If you are depending on a wheelchair and you’re trying to do daily chores like raking the leaves or getting the mail, you will need to turn your place into a disability-friendly space by installing ramps and necessary equipment.

 

Activities to maintain physical mobility around the house

A chore that will bring some positivity and keep you moving is cooking. We have lots of kitchen gadgets that will make cooking easier.  Doing chores around the house with a disability like arthritis or multiple sclerosis can be a challenge. There are a number of aids available to help people with disabilities around the house. In any case, chores are an excellent way to stay active. Everything you do requires somewhat physical activity which is just about enough for you to activate your dormant muscles.

Wheelchairs are great not only for people who are entirely unable to walk, but for aiding mobility as well. Wheelchairs allow individuals that are partially or completely unable to walk to gain mobility. Self-propelled wheelchairs allow a person to maintain muscle mass and bone strength through normal activities that occur during daily living. Believe it or not, wheeling yourself around in your wheelchair is a type of physical activity. However, the more you rely on your wheelchair, the faster you may notice weaker bones in the lower area. 

Dancing can also be a physical activity. It is a well-structured, interesting, rhythmic, and non-stressful way to encourage health and well-being and this definition applies to all forms of dancing both recreational and for fitness. Dancing is more than just a fun hobby or a way to get some exercise. It's also classified as physical activity. That means it can improve your cardiovascular health and help you avoid conditions like high blood pressure, stroke, or heart disease. And when you dance, a lot of your muscles are moving. That means dancing has the added benefit of helping you tone and strengthen your muscles and boost flexibility too.

Cleaning the house may not sound like much fun, but it definitely keeps you active and busy. Find the best way you can use this activity to your advantage and enjoy the squeaky clean surfaces along the way. 

All in all, when it comes to ways you can maintain physical mobility while being physically disabled, you can do almost just about anything anyone else can do. You just may be needing some additional assistance while doing it, that’s all. Find the perfect aid with your caregiver or if you need some advice, we are always at your disposal to help you pick the most convenient choice. All you need is the will to try and see where you fit in most. You are a strong and independent person who has not given up until now, and never will. And we are here to make sure you stay as strong as it gets. Aids for Mobility is here to support you all the way through. Stay safe and healthy.

5 Best Mobility Aids for Seniors

mobility aids for seniors

It is easy to get overwhelmed with the wide array of mobility aids for seniors available out there. There are so many mobility aids available in the market, but not all of them are suitable for your needs. You want to purchase the best mobility aids for your elderly loved ones or maybe for yourself. The aids listed in this blog will help elderly people to get their mobility and independence back.

It is inevitable that as people age, their mobility becomes limited. This is due to the loss of strength, balance, and flexibility. The mobility aids for elderly people come in various styles, shapes, and sizes. Each mobility aid is suitable for a different purpose.

There are some factors that you should consider when purchasing these aids like will the person be using them alone or are there other persons available in the family member to assist them. While choosing the best among the different types of mobility aids available, consider some of these devices helpful in helping elderly people remain physically active and more self-reliant whenever possible.

Here, we will take a look at five of the best-rated aids and provide our own insights into each one. Statistics show that today’s aging demographic is increasing. We have performed extensive research and brought the 5 best mobility aids for elderly people crucial in aiding them in their day-to-day activities. They can help your loved one make their trip to the bathroom a more comfortable journey.

 

Undeniably, these are the best mobility aids for seniors:

  1. Rollators - As an older adult or a person with mobility issues, you may face some challenges about getting around the home and moving from one place to another. Thankfully, there are certain aids and assistive devices that can be a great help — rollators.  Rollators enhance mobility and walking speed. They are the preferred mobility product of many users because they provide more stability and independence on a wide range of surfaces. We recommend our Days Breeze Indoor Rollator — a feasible option for many elders threatened by the risk of falls when walking.

  2. Walkers - Walkers are a simple solution to help you walk with confidence and with less pain. They are, in fact, ideal for elderly or disabled people with low mobility. They really do allow you to move around with minimal effort and are great for making day-to-day tasks easier. They’re also an excellent option if you have more serious mobility issues as they can make simple things like showering more accessible. Our Deluxe Folding Walker Silver has been developed by healthcare professionals to provide just that.

  3. Best Canes - What's the best walking cane for you and your walking needs? While most canes are designed for general purposes, you may need to customize your choices based on your specific preference for maneuverability and height. And you should keep in mind that a cane is seldom just about walking. Canes may be used to improve balance as you walk, or help compensate for an injury or disability. Our Lightweight Ambidextrous Walking Cane was designed to provide support for your arms and balance as you walk.

  4. Walking sticks - Today walking sticks are used by people of every age and by young people, but it is especially the elderly who use a walking stick for balance issues. Once we age, our balance and posture are affected. Walking sticks for seniors provide support to maintain and achieve stability. Walking sticks for seniors are made of strong materials, so they last longer than the rest of the walking sticks. We recommend our Height Adjustable Stick Seat by Performance Health. The truth is that this accessory can help you walk more efficiently.
  5. Wheelchairs – Even though this is not a walking aid, it is still a mobility aid. We help senior citizens to select the right self-propelled wheelchairs after assessing their daily routine and mobility needs. The self-propelled wheelchairs - these chairs move using the energy of their users, and they are able to obtain greater speeds than a push wheelchair. We recommend our top-seller: Whirl Self Propelled Wheelchair by Performance Health — a fully adjustable wheelchair designed for full-time or part-time and offers maximum comfort and safety.

Aids for Mobility Accidental Fall 101 Guide

Aids for Mobility Accidental Fall 101 Guide

Even though we're approaching the end of winter, which means the end of slippery slopes, icy surfaces, and unpredicted blizzards, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't keep being careful when walking around. We advise you to always bring your aids for mobility with you.

Accidental falls can happen anytime, anyplace, to anyone, regardless of the season or reason. There can be a tiny rock on the ground that you miss detecting and step on it the wrong way, resulting in a tumble. 

What do you usually do when you find yourself in such a situation? Do you stay down and take your time or do you get the urge to immediately get up and avoid being seen by people who walk by? This is exactly what you should not be doing. It is dangerous to make sudden movements after a bone or a muscle has suffered a potential injury.

 

What to do in the case of an accidental fall?

Whether you are the one who has suffered a fall, or you are witnessing someone struggling to get up, here is what you need to do/advise them to do:

  1. Stay as calm as possible. Stay as calm as possible. Panicking can only make things worse by making you impulsively move your body to see if everything is alright. Instead, try and stay still for a moment until your brain releases itself from the shock. Also, the adrenaline pumping your veins may give you false information that you aren't feeling any pain, when actually, there may be something seriously wrong.
  2. Check if something hurts. Once your brain has stabilized, check if something hurts. Start by simply moving your extremities, back, and neck. If all seems fine, check for physical bruising by gently touching the suspicious areas. Once you can concur that there is no damage, you can slowly start getting up. 

  3. Grab onto stable mobility aid. Find something steady to hold on to while getting up. If there isn't anything of sort nearby, get down on all four and slowly start standing up, one foot at a time.

  4. Call someone. If in fact, you do feel some pain, try getting help from people who are walking by. If there is no one in sight, try your phone and call someone close to you to come and help you out. If you cannot reach anyone, and you are feeling severe pain, please call an ambulance.

  5. Detect the source of the fall. Try and stay focused and see what was the reason for your fall. It may not have been clumsiness, but an actual threat on the surface such as wet floors, a construction site, etc. If that was the case and there was no warning sign, you can easily press charges for the damages.

  6. Get to a doctor. Even if you are feeling well, we would still advise you to go see a doctor just in case. Falls can sometimes lead to hemorrhages that can be potentially dangerous later on. Why risk it when you can prevent it?

  7. Rest for a few days. If your environment allows it, stay in bed for a few days. If you have suffered a sprain, it will most probably require some rest so things can go back to the way they were.

  8. Always bring your mobility aid. If you have some sort of disability, never leave your house without your aid for mobility. This can be your crutches, walking sticks, rollator, or anything that's helping you move around more easily.

All in all, the catch is not to act too fast and make reckless movements.

How Important is Emotional Support for Physical Disabilities?

Emotional support doctor

If you or your loved one have experienced some sort of trauma or maybe have a genetic physical disability, you know that emotional, motivational, and psychological support plays a major role in your everyday life. Factors associated with the rehabilitation and treatment of people with a range of physical disabilities, including spinal cord injury, stroke, and chronic pain may differ from patient to patient, which is why every individual should be cared for differently. Listening to what may be causing them distress is one of the biggest supports one can give.

 

If you have a physical disability:

  1. Seek professional emotional support

    Seeking emotional support from a licensed professional can seem daunting at the beginning. We know you may not want to admit to yourself that you may need someone who actually knows how to help you cope with what you may be feeling, but once you decide to take this brave step, you will finally understand and feel the blessing of relief that comes right after.


  2. Talk to your friends or your close ones

    Who better to reveal your emotional secrets to than your best friend? These are the people we can always count on, even when we are feeling under the weather. Disabilities can often cause a person to feel slightly overwhelmed or even depressed. You needn’t go through this alone. Ask your friends for emotional support and talk about what you’re feeling. The only downside of this is if they are too empathetic, they may end up enabling you to feel the way you already feel.

  3. Seek an emotional support animal

    Emotional support animals by their very nature, and without training, may relieve depression and anxiety, and/or help reduce stress-induced pain in persons with certain medical conditions affected by stress. While dogs are the most common type of assistance animal, other animals can also be assistance animals.


  4. Do not compare yourself to others

    People with the same disability can make different progress over different times. You might see someone with a disability accomplishing things that you want to accomplish, while you are still struggling. You might feel upset, but you don’t need to be. You will accomplish your goals when you are ready.


  5. Keep in mind that disability can happen to anyone

    Disabilities can often make people, especially younger people feel different than their peers, which can be very isolating and discouraging. Remember, these negative thoughts are not based on reality. Disability does not make you an outsider, it can happen to anyone at any time. People with disabilities have existed throughout history, and we always will exist. After all, Stephen Hawking is one of the coolest and most successful people with disabilities. Disability is a part of human life making it diverse, and diversity has a beautiful, positive effect on society!

 

If your loved one with a disability needs emotional support:

  1. Try talking to them to identify the root problem

    A sincere talk can make wonders. Open up to your loved one with a disability about something you feel insecure about. Sharing a similar or semi-similar experience will make them feel less alone and alienated. Often when we are presented with something that reminds us of our own predicament, helps us open up and talk about what’s bothering us. Your loved one already knows how much you love them and want to help them, it is all about the right approach. 


  2. Try talking to a professional to get some guidelines

    If talking to them yourself does not help, licensed professionals can help you see the potential problem from your loved one’s perspective. They can identify what may be causing the emotional disturbance and provide you with advice and directions on how you can address the matter. Support is not the same as enabling. You don’t want to acknowledge destructive behavior by starting to feel the way your loved one feels.

 

  1. Get them an emotional support animal

    As we already mentioned in the previous segment of this blog, emotional support animals are more than a pet. They are companions that can help people with physical or mental disabilities go through a range of emotions each day. Aside from being cute and cuddly, emotional support animals help their owners to control their emotions and relax.


  2. Constantly remind them that there more to them than their disability

    Constantly remind them that they are a person just like everyone else. With dreams, hopes, and aspirations. There are a lot of things that make them who they are — their disability is just one of them — and there is a lot more about them to love!

 

  1. Celebrate their strengths

    "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something." regardless of your loved one's disability, they can contribute great things to the world. All they need to do is want to. Maybe they have a physical disability that makes it hard for them to participate in games and sports. Instead of comforting them about what they CAN'T do, try to help them celebrate all of the amazing things that they CAN do! They can be a great friend, a talented musician, or a skilled artist. Talent is everywhere, we just have to nourish it.

Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Doctor checking a patient with MS

Is your vision getting blurry? Even though common early signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) include: eye problems, tingling, or even numbness all over the body, experiencing these moments do not necessarily mean you have encountered this health issue.

According to doctors, this disease can cause loss of feeling in any area of the body that is linked to the damaged area of the brain or spinal cord. Numbness or tingling sensations in the fingers or toes are very common in this particular state causing disabilities. However, the feeling usually comes and goes, and can be mild or severe. Before getting any conclusions, please consult your doctor to perform the needed tests and analysis. This blog is of informative nature only and aims to highlight the possible early signs of the disease.

 

Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis


1. Vision difficulties
Sight difficulties are not uncommon in MS. Since the optic nerve is affected, it interferes with the central vision. Consequently, you may experience blurred vision, double vision, or loss of vision.
The clear vision may not turn into blurriness right away, it may take some time to develop vision impairment. There may even be some pain when you look up or to one side. However, do not panic, there are many ways one can control MS-related vision changes.

2. The feeling of numbness and tingling
Since MS affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, it can send confusing signs all over the body. And when there are no signals, it results in numbness. These are actually some of the most common warning signs of MS. You can experience these symptoms on the face, arms, legs, and fingers.

3. Chronic spasms and pain
Unexpected muscle spasms and occasional pains are something to be expected with MS. Muscle soreness, spasms, or even pain in joints as well as uncontrollable, painful movements of the extremities where legs are most often affected is something to watch out for.

4. Tiredness and weakness
Unexplained tiredness and weakness affect about 80 percent of people with MS. Because the nerves deteriorate in the spinal column, the fatigue appears suddenly and lasts for weeks before improving.

5. Nausea, dizziness, and affected balance
Coordination issues and balance can be a real problem with the mobility of someone with MS. People with MS often feel lightheaded, dizzy, or are experiencing vertigo. This symptom often occurs when you stand up.

6. Reasoning issues
This includes damaged cognitive functions such as memory problems, shortened attention span, language problems, difficulty staying organized, depression, and other emotional health problems.

7. Additional symptoms
It is not necessary that all patients with MS will experience the symptoms from above. Along with the symptoms mentioned previously, MS can also cause hearing loss, seizures, uncontrollable shaking, breathing problems, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, and more.


Research shows a virus vaccine may be used to treat multiple sclerosis


The new vaccine technology mRNA is showing incredible results as the shots based on it show unrivaled efficacy in fighting the global virus. With a dazzling 95% efficacy in preventing the global virus in its phase 3 trial and the virus sharing some similar characteristics with other diseases, this led to a new opportunity for scientists more particular, in BioNTech: additional research discovering that this particular approach might also work in multiple sclerosis. 

The method is meant to prevent progression and successfully succeeded to do so in recent experiments with subjects showing early signs of MS. Since this is a very is a complicated disease, specific self-antigens may differ among different patients. But this vaccine offers something amazing — it suppresses T cells against other antigens in the inflamed tissue.

Will this be the "cure" of the new era? We have to wait and see how things turn out, but we are very hopeful. Things are bound to get better. The future is ahead of us, and our scientists are racing to be ahead of the future.

Winter Slips And Falls Prevention

Woman slipping on an icy road

Winter months in the UK paint beautiful landscapes, especially for people who love outdoor adventures. But winter also means slippery walkways and roads. A few simple precautions can keep you stable and safe reducing your risk of falling and suffering injuries on the ice and snow.

 

Tricks to Avoid Slips and Falls in Icy Conditions

  1. Have you heard of the "Penguin Shuffle"? Avoid winter slips and falls by doing this simple maneuver. It helps you maximize the contact strength between your feet and the ground. The way to do this is to focus on getting from one place to another (points A and B). Shorter, slower, flat steps are a must. Try not to lean forward at all because this may tackle your balance. 

  2. Before even getting out, identify the best route to get to your desired destination, and mind that you may need some extra time to get there. It is always better to move at a moderate speed and keep your balance rather than speed up the pace. Allow yourself to be slower. Walking too quickly on a slippery sidewalk equals a probable fall. 

  3. Find your most suitable footwear - rubbery boots ensure stable traction on icy and snowy surfaces. Avoid wearing high heels and flats. These are prone to slips and may tackle you down on their own. Use handrails anywhere you can, but don't forget to sanitize later. Also, try to avoid carrying heavy bags, especially when going up or down icy steps.

  4. Before going out, try practicing balance exercises if your physical condition and health allow this. A strong, steady body can respond better to balance failure and be able to prevent a fall. Such exercises are: standing on one leg and raising the other leg to the side or behind you, standing up and sitting down from a chair without using your hands, and the like. Home exercises are crucial to staying strong. 

  5. Fiding the right mobility aid that can help you preserve your balance is one of the most important things you must consider. Different mobility conditions ask for a different type of assistance, which is why you must consult your orthopedist about which one they recommend. If you already have a diagnosis, you can always speak to our expert professionals who will be happy to assist you with your decision and find you the best and safest aid to get you through the wintery slips. You can always get an extra grip for canes, walkers, and crutches.

 

What to Do in Case You Fall?

What to Do in Case You Fall?

 

First of all, we'd like to point out that people over 75 years of age mark the highest rates of TBI-related (Traumatic Brain Injury) hospitalizations, but this does not mean that the rest of us are safe. Winter weather mandates that we are cautious and try and prevent falls and slips as much as possible. However, in case of an inevitable fall, here are some things to watch out for: 

  1. Symptoms of severe injury to any part of the body. If you feel a throbbing pain that does not go away, please consult your doctor immediately. It may be an indication of a fracture or a more serious sprain. 

  2. Symptoms of a mild head injury. If you feel a persistent low-grade headache accompanied by trouble concentrating, remembering things, making decisions, and solving problems or even mood changes, please consult your doctor. 

  3.  Symptoms of a moderate or severe head injury include persistent or worsening headache accompanied by nausea or vomiting, possible dilation of one or both pupils, slurred speech and loss of coordination, and more. If you have any of the above symptoms see your provider immediately.

Lockdown Exercises for People With Disabilities

Disabled man exercising with a nurse

The newly occurred lockdown came as an expected surprise. This means that most people, will not be able to perform their favorite physical activities outdoors. And even more so, people who have suffered an injury and must have physical therapy sessions with a professional expert will be faced with a real challenge. And even once these sessions are over, their body will need constant stimulation to stay strong and build up strength to endure the daily challenges.   

Staying active doesn't have to mean going for a jog or do sports. It can also include doing simple activities such as home workouts or chores around the house. Because it is fairly risky for people with a disability to exercise among people at this point of a global virus crisis and because of the newly occurred lockdown, there are some easy workout routines you can do at home. 

Depending on your disability, for example, joint problems from arthritis or a physical injury, you may require isometric exercises to help you strengthen your muscles or prevent further muscle deterioration. These exercises are performed with a simple push against immovable objects or another body part without changing the muscle length or moving the joint. 

 

Home exercises for people with disabilities

Depending on your disability, the following home workout routines may keep you active and strengthen your muscles to get you ready for the winter months:

 

1. Sit and stand

Need to increase lower body strength and stability? Try this simple exercise suitable for conditions where you have some control over your lower body.

Bring your upper body slightly to the front and try to push yourself up with your legs into a standing position. Slowly sit back down and get into the position you started in. If you must use your arms, place your hands on your knees to help push you up. You can always use support, such as a grab rail or worktop.

 

2. Triceps Dips

In order to strengthen your triceps, chest, and the front of your shoulders, you may perform some triceps dips. A simple exercise that will be particularly useful if you transfer from a wheelchair. Suitable for conditions with good strength in your upper body.

Sit down and place your hands on the armrests of your wheelchair or an ordinary chair. Place them directly beneath your shoulders. Push yourself up until your arms are fully extended, then gradually move them down until you are fully seated again. You can help yourself with your legs, but try to let your arms do as much of the work as possible.

 

3. Seated knee exercises

Strengthen the muscles around your hip and make transferring, walking and bending easier. Suitable for conditions where you have some control over your lower body.

Sit down, raise one of your knees until your foot is several inches off the floor. Lower your knee slowly and repeat the process. Do the same with the other knee. You can use your calf muscle to assist the movement.

 

4. Walk and sit

First, the sit to stand strengthens your legs, and then the short walk serves to improve your walking. Suitable for conditions where you have some control over your lower body.

Get two chairs and place them a few metres apart, facing each other. Sit on one chair, stand up and walk to the other chair. Sit down on the other chair, and repeat. If you need further assistance, you can use crutches or have someone to help you.

 

5. Back exercises

This exercise is suitable for those who use a wheelchair and can’t get down onto the floor.

Sitting in your wheelchair or on any other stable surface, bend over from the waist until your upper body is facing down toward the floor. Slowly extend the head and back to bring yourself to an upright position and repeat the movement. You can assist yourself by using your hands to press onto your thighs.

Before doing any of these exercises, please consult with your doctor. These exercises are meant for people who do not have a specific type of injury that requires no movement and rest.

People with disabilities and virus precautions

Man with a disability in a wheelchair

Being elderly and disabled depending on a mobility aid isn’t the easiest thing in the world, especially now when the world has gone in an entirely different direction. Everything we’ve known as a way of living has changed in the blink of an eye. This leaves us not only vulnerable to what is, but also to what comes next. It is up to us to learn and live by the new rules and adjust to the new circumstances. People with disabilities are more likely to meet certain barriers when it comes to extreme hygiene measures everyone should abide by due to their mobility limitations. However, there are certain things we must try and follow, regardless if we are the ones affected by a disability or we care for one.

 

What Precautions Should People With Disabilities Take During Virus Outbreak?

  1. Wear a mask and wash your hands regularly or work with a family member, friends, and caregivers to identify adaptations. It is okay to admit you have the need for additional assistance when performing your daily routines.
  2. Try and avoid crowded environments to the maximum extent possible and minimize physical contact with other people. Of course, that does not include caregivers and people who assist those with a disability. These people must follow the general guidelines and sanitize regularly all while wearing the proper equipment such as masks and gloves.
  3. Make purchases online. When coping with a disability, it is a fact that while shopping, you are more likely to have to touch areas in public spaces in order to assist yourself. The best thing is to request assistance from family, friends, or caregivers.
  4. Reduce the frequency with which you need to access public places by gathering urgent items you need. When out for your regular shopping, please try and get all the things you may need for a longer period of time so you're covered for the next few weeks. Again, the best thing is to request assistance from family, friends, or caregivers.
  5. Employed people with disabilities should work remotely. We understand that most people with disabilities work outside their homes and furthermore, they perform jobs that require their presence, however, we recommend working from home if possible. If your job's nature still doesn't allow you to be absent, please remember to always sanitize and wear a mask at all times.
  6. Disinfect frequently: wheelchairs, rollators, canes, crutches, etc. Wheelchairs are especially prone to bacteria and viruses due to their wheels touching the ground. They should be regularly sanitized before entering the home.
  7. Identify relevant organizations in your community that you can access if you need help. In case you find yourself alone in your house and need immediate assistance, make sure you have the phone numbers of those organizations close to you.

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).