These inventions to make life easier for mobility issues, are ideal for patients and carers. Millions of people in England and beyond have difficulty walking or need to use walking aids and wheelchairs. The reasons can be anything from age to medical conditions to accidents.
Many patients who have mobility issues need regular rehabilitation work, like physiotherapy. To help medical breakthroughs, donate to humane medical research charities (that don’t use innocent animals) to help find a cure. The main stroke charities use animal testing that outdated, ineffective and cruel (usually involving monkeys). Modern research methods would likely have found a cure by now, if they had the same funding from the public and government, that the major charities do. For now, here are some ideas to make life easier:
- The NHS supplies free basic wheelchairs. But if you want to upgrade to something more comfortable, ask about the NHS Personal Wheelchair Budget, which can help you buy a private wheelchair of your choice. Which? has a good article on how to choose the best wheelchair, depending on your circumstances.
- UriBag is free on the NHS. For men or women, this is made from latex. It looks like a film canister and opens up to use as a portable urinal. You just tip the pee on the ground, then fold it up to take home and wash. Ideal if you can’t find a toilet in time (also get your Radar key to access public bathrooms).
- Blue Badges give free parking in disabled bays (some shops and councils still charge you, so check beforehand). There is a government ‘grace period’ period of around 10 minutes if you are getting an elderly person (or dog) back to the car). So if you are late back to a chargeable parking space, know that it’s worth challenging). Keep disable badges at home when not in use, as some people steal them to get free parking spaces.
- StairSteady was invented by a 16-year old for her GSCE project! It offers a simpler affordable alternative to stairlifts, which can cost thousands of pounds. Fitted by one of their engineers, this is a handle that you use to ‘lever’ yourself up the staircase, fold it away, then use it to come back down again.
Free & Low-Cost Help for Carers
- Caring for a patient who is blind can be very stressful and tiring, through nobody’s fault. See the post to find free & low-cost help for carers for information.
- Visit Turn 2 Us to ensure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to. Helping Hands at Home is a care agency that offers visiting care nationwide. A Helping Hands carer can help with safely moving around the home, personal care, household chores, running errands and caring for pets.
- Cinnamon Trust and PAPAS also have dog walking volunteers that can also care for other pets, take pets to the vets and often foster or volunteer pets, if you or someone you love goes into hospital). The former also lists pet-friendly nursing homes, and can arrange adoption, if the patient dies.