Durable Medical Equipment

The Benefits Of Durable Medical Equipment
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With the advances of modern medicine it is now possible to manage a number of chronic and serious illnesses and injuries at home, without the need for round the clock professional healthcare.  This can make life much more comfortable for patients, and reduce the amount of time they need to spend receiving treatment and staying in hospital and can also reduce the costs of healthcare, which is very important for those families on low incomes who are unable to afford extensive health insurance.  Durable medical equipment is one of the main support options for patients to assist with home healthcare, as this provides a number of practical and essential products that can be used in a number of ways around the home to assist with mobility issues, dispensing medication and also just generally making everyday tasks much easier.

Mobility assistance

One of the main ways in which durable medical equipment can benefit patients is when it comes to physical mobility.  There are a number of illnesses, injuries and disabilities which can make moving around independently very difficult, and causes reliance on care givers, but with some simple devices mobility around the home can be greatly assisted, resulting in less dependence on others and a much greater sense of freedom and independence.  Key pieces of durable medical equipment that can assist with mobility around the home include:
  • Wheelchairs and walkers – patients that find it difficult to support their own weight and move around freely on their own can benefit a great deal from wheelchairs and walkers, which allow them to maneuver around more freely both in the home and also when out travelling, and can make simple tasks such as going to the kitchen to make a cup of tea or popping down the local shops for some groceries much easier.  Wheelchairs can be manually operated or if mobility issues are more severe then electric-powered wheelchairs are also available that can be operated by hand or mouth.
  • Lifts – many patients may find it difficult or impossible to lift themselves up from a prone or sitting position without assistance, and there are many useful durable medical equipment options that can help with this problem and reduce reliance on care givers.  Grab rails and trapeze equipment can be used to help patients lift themselves up from chairs, beds, baths and also toilets, and and electric-powered lifts can be used for more severe mobility issues.
  • Mobility scooters – some patients may finding walking or standing for long periods of time difficult, but are not mobility impaired enough to require a powered assisted wheelchair.  Mobility scooters are very useful items of equipment as they provide a practical form of short distance transport that can help patients with mobility issues to get around, and in particular older people find them very useful to help them stay mobile and active, using them for everyday tasks such as going down to the park or local shops.

Hearing and sight assistance

Durable medical equipment can also be used to assist very specific impairments such as those to the sight or hearing.  Walking canes are very useful to assist those with poor eyesight to navigate independently, and other equipment such as magnifying screens can help to make writing and images larger so that patients can use computers and read type that is printed in a conventional size.  Hearing aids are an essential piece of equipment for those with hearing problems and can help them to live much more normal lives, supplementing hearing weakness so that they can continue to work and carry out everyday functions with ease.

Healthcare assistance

There are also a number of different types of durable medical equipment that can assist patients with their home healthcare needs, such as providing ways to monitor certain conditions without the assistance of healthcare professionals and also offering ways to make the routine of taking medication much easier and more simplified.   For example patients that suffer from high blood pressure can purchase blood pressure monitors, which they can use at home to oversee their condition and create a valuable record of their blood pressure at certain times of the day which helps doctors to judge how well their medication is working.  Diabetes can also be monitored using blood glucose testing machines, and this is a practical way for patients to manage their condition without the constant supervision of a healthcare professional.  Insulin inhalers can also be provided to those patients that find it difficult injecting insulin in the normal way, particularly for older people or those with mobility or sight issues who find it difficult using small pieces of equipment such as syringes.
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