Benefits of equipment and assistive devices
The right equipment and aides help people who have difficulty performing day-to-day activities to continue to function and actively participate in life.
Equipment and assistive devices can:
- Promote independence, safety, social inclusion, and improve quality of life
- Help you regain or maintain a sense of control over your life
- Assist you to continue living in your own home
Types of equipment
There is a wide range of assistive devices to help overcome obstacles that interfere with your daily life. In fact, you may be amazed at just how much is available. Here are just some examples:
- Walking aides such as a walker, crutches or cane, motorised scooters and wheelchairs
- Adaptive equipment for your vehicle such as hand controls and specialised easy-to-turn steering wheels to help you continue driving
- Adaptive equipment for your home including shower chairs, grab bars and threshold ramps
- Kitchen aids and cooking tools such as electric jar and can openers
- Vision and reading tools such as larger monitors, screen-reader programs, and prisms for your prescription glasses to eliminate double vision
- Workplace equipment such as adjustable chairs and forearm supports, ergonomic mouse and large-key keyboards.
Getting the right equipment for your needs
It is important to be assessed by a physiotherapist or occupational therapist who will assess your physical function and recommend the appropriate equipment or assistive device. MS Queensland has a team of qualified physiotherapists who provide assessments for equipment needs. They understand the features of equipment most commonly required to support people living with MS and will make recommendations based on the outcome of your assessment. For those with an NDIS plan, physiotherapy assessments are a funded service so speak with your NDIS planner to have an assessment included in your plan. And if you don’t have an NDIS plan, we can help you too.
Book an assessment
To book an assessment with one of our neurophysiotherapists please phone the NeuroAssist InfoLine on 1800 177 591 Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 5:00pm, or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also request a call back from one of our NeuroAssist team.
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