Thousands of Australians are living with limited mobility. Whether it’s resulting from an injury or due to a medical condition, having limited mobility can impact a person’s social and recreational activities, and sometimes leave them feeling isolated and alone.
Recently, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report revealed there's a significant gap between Australians with a disability and people without a disability. The report, Health of Australians with disability: health status and risk factors found that 46% of Australians aged 15-64 years with a severe or profound disability reported poor or fair health, compared to only 5% of those without a disability.
If you’re caring for someone with limited mobility, you may need to regularly assist them to and from the shower, toilet, bed or couch. Whether you’re a caregiver at home or at work, it’s important to make sure any heavy lifting is done correctly so no one is injured. To help we have put together some moving and lifting tips for you.
Incontinence is the loss of bladder or bowel control, and – believe it or not – it can happen to anyone. According to the Continence Foundation of Australia, over 5 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems at some stage in their life – though it’s most commonly experienced by people who are older, have a chronic health condition or recently had a baby.
It can be difficult to go about your daily life with confidence and ease, if you have limited mobility. Mobility scooters provide a safe and easy mode of transport for people of all ages to get to work, the shops, other community locations and even social events. They’re a great option for those wanting to get more independence and can be a cheaper alternative to buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle. When combined with accessible public transport they should be able to get you to most of the places you need to go!
Getting enough sleep is vital for our general health and wellbeing. Sleep not only allows our bodies to repair at night but also lets our brain consolidate memories and retain information. But if you have limited mobility or you’re recovering from an injury, getting good quality sleeping can be a challenge!
For wheelchair users, anyone with limited mobility or recovering from an injury – performing everyday tasks like washing and dressing can become challenging. Fortunately, there are a wide range of living aids available that provide convenience, independence and support when performing everyday activities.
The longer, warmer days are embraced by most of us after the cold winter months. For wheelchair and mobility scooter users, however, the increase in temperature can make staying cool and comfortable a real challenge.
Who doesn’t enjoy spending a relaxing afternoon on the couch with a good book or watching a movie? What isn’t enjoyable, is that stiff or sore feeling you can experience when you get up after sitting for a long period of time.
If you have back issues, reduced mobility or recently had surgery, getting in and out of a chair or off the couch can be even more difficult, painful and even cause further damage or injury.
Pressure injuries, otherwise known as pressure sores or ulcers, are areas of damaged skin and underlying tissue. They are caused by constant pressure or friction combined with low blood flow from lack of movement.