Injuries can occur at any time and at any age. These accidents may occur do to sport injuries, falls on ice, health complications or other unexpected events. Maintaining independence while healing is one of the top concerns of individuals who have sustained an injury. Fortunately, there is now a wide range of products available that can help you stay independent and active during your recovery.
A number of reaching aids are available, some with additional features such as grabbing mechanisms, wrist supports or folding ability so that you can take them with you for shopping. These items can be helpful for people who have sustained hand or arm injuries, shoulder injuries and back problems.
People take their daily grooming motions for granted. However, when you have a hand, arm or shoulder injury, these activities become difficult or impossible. Fortunately, a number of long-handled items are available to allow individuals to wash, apply lotion or put on their shoes without needing the help of others. You can find a small hand-held tool that provides a number of devices to help fasten buttons and zippers for easy dressing. No-rinse products can simplify bathing tasks, and simple items such as a bath or shower chair can help to make everyday grooming more convenient.
Injured individuals who need a bit of help to remain independent are fortunate in having a number of mobility assistance devices available. A number of different types of walkers are on the market, including wheeled walkers and folding walkers, with a number of accessories to make carrying objects easier. You can choose from various types of wheelchairs, crutches, canes and more innovative devices to help you get around your home and your neighborhood. Wheeled equipment like the KneeRover can help those with foot and lower leg injuries to get around easily and comfortably. The KneeRover acts as a scooter with a padded knee rest that allows the injured foot to be held above the ground.
Managing in the kitchen can present special challenges for those recovering from an injury. Fortunately, a number of jam openers, adaptive knives and kitchen tools are available to allow recovering individuals to do their own light-duty cooking and kitchen work. Weighted cups, non-skid dishes and divided dinnerware can make eating easier and more enjoyable.
Staying independent after an injury is possible, with a little help from a variety of innovative products that make everyday activities easier.