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Introduction

An Assistive Device is any device that helps persons with disability to do something that they are unable to do without assistance, thus giving that person more independents. Assistive Devices are not only equipment like Wheelchairs, Hoists, Ramps & Adjustable Beds, but also smaller items such as, Lap Trays, Adapted Eating Utensils, Hand Braces, Over Bed Tables & Wheelchair Gloves which can assist you with daily tasks such as writing, eating & drinking. These smaller Assistive Devices are used on a daily basis and can also be known as "Accessories".

In the page below we will introduce & discuss a wide variety of different types of Assistive Devices & accessories, that are available for persons with Mobility Impairments. These products are available throughout South Africa and can be purchased from various companies such as Smergos, Prima CareSheer Mobility, Edit Microsystems, Prima Care, The Lift Company, Pro Mobility, Ability Assist, Sitwell, ShopriderWheelchairs on the Run & Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Most of these companies can also service & repair the products that they sell, while companies such as Pro Mobility & Prima Care can also rent out many of these Assistive Devices. To view more information about these Assistve Devices, Equipment & Accessories view the categories in the menu on the left or read the page below.

AccessoriesSmergos Wheelchair Bag

Most persons with Mobility Impairments require Accessories to assist them on a daily basis to perform activities such as:

  • Pushing their wheelchair
  • Eating & drinking
  • Writing or signing
  • Answering their cellphone
  • Carrying their belongings.

There are a variety of companies such as Smergos, Sheer Mobility, Prima Care, Pro Mobility, Ability Assist, Sitwell & Simplify Wheelchair Seating who specialize in the manufacture & sale of some of these Accessories that can assist persons with Mobility Impairments. These Accessories include items such as:

  • Wheelchair Bags that can assist you to transport your possessions.
  • Wheelchair Gloves help you to push your wheelchair, without hurting your hands.
  • Lap Trays; Over Bed Tables; Eating & Drinking Accessories such as Braces, Gloves and Specially Adapted Cups, etc.
  • Writing Braces, Gloves and Signature Guides.

To find out more about these Accessories and the companies that provide them, click the "Accessories " button on the left menu or click on the link below.

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Bathroom AidsShower Chair / Commode

Persons with Mobility Impairments often have difficulty completing daily tasks, such as bathing, showering, using the toilet, etc. Bathroom Aids are purposefully designed to give extra assistance in the bathroom to those who need it, this includes the elderly who may be unsteady on their feet, or those who use wheelchairs and require more assistance.

"Everybody is different", so the type of Mobility Impairment you have and your preference in your "bathroom routines", will determine what type of "Bathroom Aids" you will require, which will also determine if your bathroom needs to be adapted and what adaptions need to be made. These Adapted Bathrooms or "Accessible Bathrooms" can make your life a lot easier if adapted correctly. You can visit our "Home Adaptions" -"Accessible Bathrooms" page to find out more.

There are a wide variety of different types of Bathroom Aids that can be used to make your bathroom accessible for everyone, these aids include equipment such as: Grab Rails, Non Slip Bath Mats, Commodes, Shower Chairs, Electric Bath Lifts and much,much more. Many of these products are available throughout South Africa and can be purchased from companies such as such as Prima CareWheelchairs on the Run, Sitwell Technologies & Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Some of these companies can advise you on which products would best suite you and also service and repair or install the Bathroom Aids that they sell. Click on the link below to find out more about the different types and styles of these "Bathroom Aids and Accessories"and the companies that sell them.

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Computers & Computer AidsApple computer

Computers are extremely helpful Assistive Devices, especially for persons with a Mobility Impairments. Once you have had one, you will wonder how you ever managed without it, you don't need to spend a fortune, you can start off with a cheaper one & slowly upgrade as you feel the need arises. Computers can be used for a number of purposes including:

  • Work, many people with Mobility Impairments have jobs in the IT field
  • Research
  • Entertainment: Computers & Internet can be used to Live stream Music, Movies & Sport.
  • Online shopping or ordering movies from Video Shops online, etc.
  • Computers are used to store and back up your photographs and your personal CD & DVD collection onto Media Players, which helps for easier listening & watching.
  • Socializing such through emailing, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

There are also a number of Assistive devices that can assist you to operate your computer and make it easier to use, these "Computer Aids" include equipment such as Trackballs, Voice Operated Software, Eye Trackers, etc. Whatever your need may be, you should be able find a Computer Aid that can assist you to operate your computer even faster than you could if you didn't have a Mobility Impairment. These and other "Computer Aids" are available throughout South Africa from a variety of companies such as Edit Microsystems, who not only supply Computers and Computer Aids, but can also recommend which of these types of equipment would suite you. Companies such as Edit Microsystems can also teach you how to use this equipment. Click on the link below or the "Computers & Computer Aids" button on the menu on the top left, to find out more about these "Computer Aids" and the companies that sell them.

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Home Automation Aids

Home Automation Aids are those Assistive devices that are used in homes to make every day activities in the homes easier for persons with Mobility Impairments. No matter how technologically behind-the-times you think you are, you likely use some form of automation in your home. Typical examples of basic automation include smart TV's, automatic door & garage-door openers, alarm clocks, timers on a coffee machine & remote controls.door opener

When we talk about home automation and smart homes, the capabilities go quite a bit further. Instead of individual devices working independently, a smart home integrates multiple sub-systems that are all controlled by a master home automation controller, which receives input from all devices around the home, issues commands & controls everything.

The following home automation aids that will be discussed include:

  • Smart TV's
  • Automatic door openers
  • Home Automation
    • Timed Events
    • Triggered Events

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Hoists, Lifts, Ramps & Transferring Aids

Most persons who have a severe Mobility impairment & use a wheelchair, cannot rely on their legs and may need Lifts or Ramps to help them to get up and down stairs. They may also require the use of Hoists when Smart Base Hoist (Pro Mobility)they need to transfer themselves to or from a wheelchair, etc. Some of people however, have good upper body strength & can perform these transfers on their own. Most high-level quadriplegics need the assistance of a helper or helpers to be manually lifted from point A to point B. This can become very difficult if there is only 1 helper or the patient is very heavy.

For those persons who require this type of equipment to help them complete these types of transfers, there are a wide variety of Assistive Devices, called "Hoists, Lifts, Ramps & Transferring Aids" There are also companies such as Pro Mobility & Sheer Mobility who specialize in the sale of many of these products in South Africa. Many of these companies do not only supply these products, but can also install, repair and service them, if need be.

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Mobility AidsMobility Aids

Mobility Aids are designed to assist persons with Mobility Impairments to improve their mobility. There are various types of Mobility Impairments that effect different people, so each person is different and may require a specific type of Mobility Aid to suite their disability and circumstances. There are therefor are a wide variety of different types of these Mobility Aids  available and include products such as:

  • Walking aids: This includes equipment such as walking sticks, crutches, and walkers, which are used by those persons who need assistance walking.
  • Prosthesis: These products are used by persons who have lost a limb or some other part of the body and include Prosthetic Legs, Arms, Feet, Hands, etc.
  • Mobility Scooters: Are generally used by persons who can't walk long distances, but are able to use their hands & arms & are able to transfer in & out of the scooter.
  • Manual Wheelchairs: There are a variety of different styles of Manual wheelchairs which includes Rigid & Folding Wheelchairs, as well as Standing, Reclining, Off-Road and Sports Wheelchairs.
  • Power-Assist Wheelchairs: Are used by persons who use a manual wheelchair but may require some assistance to push the wheelchair especially up hills.
  • Motorized Wheelchairs: Are available for persons with more severe disabilities, who may not be able to push a manual wheelchair.
  • Standing Wheelchairs: Are available as both Manual or Motorized Wheelchairs and supports the user in a nearly standing position. They can be used in sports such as Golf and can be used as both a wheelchair and a standing frame, allowing the user to sit or stand in the wheelchair as they wish.
  • Shower Chairs or Commodes: Are for those persons who need assistance getting from the bed to the shower or toilet. They can be used as a toilet or to fit over the toilet or in the shower.
  • Sports, Beach & Off Road Wheelchairs: Are wheelchairs that are used in a variety of different sports & activities enjoyed by persons who use wheelchairs. Examples of these activities include Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Dancing, Off-Road activities & Mountain climbing, etc.
  • Pediatric Equipment: There is a wide variety of this equipment, including various types of Mobility Aids, which can assist children with Mobility Impairments to enjoy a better quality of life, these Assistive Devices are known as Pediatric Equipment have been specially designed and manufactured to assist children, and adolescents with posture support, mobility, positioning and much, much more. These Mobility Aids and other equipment that have been designed and made specifically for children, are covered under our Pediatric Equipment section.

These and other Mobility Aids are available throughout South Africa from various companies such as Prima CareSheer Mobility, Pro Mobility, Ability Assist, Sitwell, ShopriderWheelchairs on the Run & Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Most of these companies can also service & repair the products that they sell, while companies such as Pro MobilityWheelchairs on the Run & Prima Care can also rent out many of these Mobility Aids. Whatever your need may be, you can be guaranteed that you will find a Mobility Aid that will suite your needs or disabilities to enable you to become more mobile and independent. To view more information about these Mobility Aids and the companies that provide them, click the link below or the "Mobility Aids" button on the menu on the top left of the page.

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Pressure Care Productsair mattress

Pressure care is an important area in all aspects of health care, especially for the elderly, bedridden or those persons with mobility Impairments. Bed sores or pressure sores,  are not only uncomfortable for patients, but can ultimately end up costing a great deal of money, time and effort to heal. In some cases they could even lead to amputation or death.

There are a wide range of Pressure Care Products available, that can prevent or reduce the risk of these pressure sores from occurring, this includes products items such as: Adjustable Beds, Pressure Care Mattresses, Cushions and Backrests. These products are available throughout South Africa and can be purchased from companies such as Sheer Mobility. There are also a variety of different types and styles of these "Pressure Care Products".

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Reading Aids

Reading Aids are Assistive Devices that enable persons with Disability to be able to enjoy books & the hobby of reading. Persons with Mobility Impairments may find it difficult to hold a book or turn pages. There are a variety of Reading Aids available for  Persons with Mobility Impairments & elderly, so that they can still enjoy books.

These include:audiobooks

  • Audio Books - although this is not technically a reading aid, Audio Books can be used to enjoy books or information in books.
  • Book Holders - assists persons with Mobility Impairment have when reading, is the need to hold a book in an appropriate position to be able to read. There are a variety of different types of book holders to solve this problem.
  • Page Turners - one of the difficulties people with severe disabilities have when reading, is the need to turn pages. Manual & Automatic Page Turners solve this problem.
  • Books available on computers - whether it be online books or e-books, both solve many of the problems that people with severe physical disabilities encounter when reading.

These and other "Reading Aids" are available throughout South Africa from a variety of companies such as Edit Microsystems, who not only supply them, but can also recommend which of these types of equipment would suite you. Companies such as Edit Microsystems can also teach you how to use this equipment. Click on the link below or the "Reading Aids" button on the menu on the top left, to find out more about these "Reading Aids" and the companies that sell them.

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Television & Music Aids

Listening to Music & Watching Television, Movies & Sport &  are all a great Hobbies, especially if you have a Mobility Impairment. They offer a great way to escape from your troubles for a couple of hours & can be both entertaining & inspirational. Having a severe mobility Impairment will not prevent you from enjoying these hobbies, however in those cases you will often need the assistance of either another person or a number of assistive devices which we will call "TV & Music Aids".

Music & Movies can be enjoyed at home on:Voice controlled TV

  • TV through devices like DSTV. The latest movies can also be hired through the DSTV decoder.
  • Smart TV's offer voice control
  • Special remote controls make it easier to push buttons
  • Computers & Internet are needed for Live streaming of Music, Movies & Sport. They can also be used for ordering movies online from Video Shops.
  • Media Players to back up your personal CD & DVD collection, helps for easier listening & watching.

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Sports, Exercise & Rehabilitation EquipmentQuadrugby Wheelchair

Sports, Exercise & Rehabilitation are all very important activities to keep a person healthy, this is even more important if that person has had an injury or has a Mobility Impairment. For persons with disability, it is very important to take part in sports, as they offer so many advantages. To find out what sports are available, visit " Sports for Mobility Impairments".

Exercise and Rehabilitation are equally important, not only when you are first injured, to build up your strength, but also years later to keep fit and to try and keep the weight off. Exercise also offers many other advantages. To find out more, visit our page on: "Exercise and Rehabilitation"

Sports, Exercise & Rehabilitation, is big business and there are a wide variety of different types of equipment that can help you with rehabilitation and to enjoy Sports and Exercise again.

If you use a wheelchair, there are a variety of different types wheelchairs that can used in a variety of different sports & activities for persons in wheelchairs. Examples of these activities include Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Dancing, Off-Road activities & Mountain climbing, etc.

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Pediatric Equipment

An Assistive Device is any device or piece of equipment that helps persons with disabilities to do something that they are unable to do without assistance, thus giving that person more independents. Most of this equipment that has been designed and made for adults, can also be used by children, but here is a variety of this equipment which is especially designed and built to assist children with Mobility Impairments, so that they can enjoy a better quality of life. These Assistive Devices are known as Pediatric Equipment and assist children, and adolescents with posture support, mobility, positioning and much, much more, they include: beds, mattresses, strollers, wheelchairs, buggies, hoists, slings, shower and bath chairs, lifts and many other recreational items such as Dancing Wheelchairs, Computer Aids and the Rifton Tricycle. These and other products are available throughout South Africa and can be purchased from companies such as Prima CareWheelchairs on the Run, Edit Microsystems, Sitwell Technologies & Simplify Wheelchair Seating. Some of these companies can advise you on which products would best suite you and also assist with seating and positioning and the service and repairs of the equipment that they sell.

Click on the link below to find out about the wide variety of these different types of Pediatric Equipment that are available for children with Mobility Impairments in South Africa, as well as the companies that sell them, or click the "Pediatric Equipment " button on the left menu.

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Vehicle AidsDual-arm Wheelchair Lifts

One of the biggest obstacles that many Persons With Mobility Impairments often encounter, is getting their independence back and being able to drive a vehicle again or even being able to be transported in their own vehicle.

Owning your own vehicle offers many benefits for Persons With Mobility Impairments, once you have decided what type of vehicle would suite you & whether you will be driving from your wheelchair, or will be transferring into the vehicle, you will need to decide on what Vehicle Aids you will require, to become as independent as possible. Thanks to advances in technology, there are a variety of different types of equipment & adapted vehicles available, which are supplied by companies such as Pro Mobility, Shoprider & Cape Mobility. There are also organizations such as QASA & Rolling Rehab, which can give you advice and help get you back on the road safely, thus giving the independence back to many persons with disabilities.

With the assistance of the links to web-sites such as Auto-mobility & Rolling Rehab, will assist you to choose what type of "Vehicle Aids" would suite you & also put you into contact with the companies that supply them.

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Equipment For Hire

Many Persons with Mobility Impairments rely on a variety of Assistive Devices everyday to do something that they are unable to do without assistance. Some of these Assistive Devices are small items such as adapted eating utensils, hand braces & wheelchair gloves, while other assistive devices include bigger equipment such as Wheelchairs, Hoists, Ramps, Commodes, Adjustable Beds & Pressure Care Matresses. Persons with Mobility Impairments who rely on these bigger Assistive Devices every day, may find it difficult to travel with them, as these bigger Assistive Devices cannot always be transported around when travelling. Persons with Mobility Impairments who fly on SAA for example are entitled to only transport one mobility aid free of charge in addition to their standard baggage allowance. Persons flying to and from the EU are entitled to travel with two mobility aids. Transporting all your Assistive Devices with you while travelling can work out very expensive and can be a hassle, but this does not need to be the case as many of these Assistive Devices can be rented or hired from companies such as Prima Care in South Africa. To view more information about these Assistve Devices, Equipment & Accessories that you can rent, click the link below or the "Equipment For Hire" button on the menu on the left.

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Servicing, Installation, Spares & Accessories

Many of the Assistive Devices mentioned on this page, require installation, servicing and maintenance. From time to time, partsspares may need replacing. Some of these Assistive Devices that require this installation, servicing and maintenance, are imported to South Africa from countries overseas. When choosing to buy an Assistive Device, it is important to buy them from a reputable dealer, that not only offers a good reliable product, but also can install the product if need be and supplies a good after sales service. This after sales service often requires supplying and stocking the spare parts & accessories, which may also include items such as tires, tubes, wheelchair batteries, lightweight wheels, etc. It is also important that the maintenance and repairs of these Assistive Devices, is done by a specialist. Many of the companies listed on this web site supply these specialists, who are also qualified in setting up, fitting and installing the products they supply, so that the assistive device is custom fitted to suite your needs.

Before purchasing a product, please check that the company you use, offers this service. You can visit: http://disabilityinfosa.co.za/search-for-info/services/ to see which companies offer this important after sales service, or contact us and we will point you in the right direction.

To view more information about these Assistve Devices and others, view the menu on the left.

References

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Smergos
Edit Microsystems
Ability Assist
Sitwell
Pro Mobility
Sheer Mobility
The Lift Company
Shoprider
Prima Care
Simplify Wheelchair Seating
Wheelchairs on the Run

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