Handicapped Equipment Sales and Services Terminology
Here are some terms and definitions to be familiar with when you are dealing in or with handicapped equipment sales and services:
Gait Belt: A device that is used to help a handicapped individual transfer from one position to another. This unique belt is placed around the waist, and can be used to move a patient from the standing position to a seated position in a wheelchair. It is made from durable, cotton webbing, and its purpose is to provide the patient with support. This belt also puts less strain on the caregiver.
Sling Lift: This is an apparatus that is used to lift handicapped patients, and transfer them to a wheelchair or bed. It is often found in nursing homes and hospitals, and minimizes any chances of injury. The device itself can be made from solid aluminum, which can support heavy weights. A sling lift helps prevent caregivers from getting injured as well.
Ceiling Pole: A long and sturdy pole that can be installed in apartments, houses, or living facility rooms. This metal pole is securely fitted between the ceiling and floor in order to help handicapped individuals pull themselves up. It provides handles, which help the user sit down in a wheelchair, rise from a sofa, or get in and out of the bathtub. These poles can be installed without causing any damage to walls.
Hemi Wheelchair: This is an adjustable wheelchair that allows the user to alter the seat height. However, the wheelchair itself is lower than traditional wheelchairs. The purpose of this type is to better assist shorter patients, as well as arm amputees with getting seated more easily.