For disabled veterans, simple tasks can get in the way of everyday activities. Not being able to put on your shoes, type on a computer or get down your front steps can make the difference between leading a fulfilling, independent life and feeling distraught and helpless.
Know that having an impairment doesn’t mean you have to struggle with your day-to-day life.
The purpose of assistive aids is to help maintain or improve your functioning and independence. They can enrich your physical, mental or intellectual wellbeing. In short, these tools make it easier for you to do everyday activities, such as getting dressed, moving around or cooking.
Independent living aids
This is a sample of the devices that can help you stay independent in your home. Consider these choices:
In the kitchen:
In the bathroom:
In the bedroom:
In the car:
Mobility aids make getting around easier and safer. These are just a few options:
Other types of aids
Assistive technologies can help you see, learn, communicate, work and participate in leisure time activities. Here are other examples of assistive tools:
Depending upon your needs, coverage and state, you may be eligible for certain assistive aids at a discounted rate or free of charge. Assistance may be available through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare, Medicaid or your health insurance plan. Check with your healthcare provider or social worker to learn what you qualify for.
The market is full of assistive tools that can help make disabled veterans’ lives easier. Talk with your healthcare provider about assistive technologies or ask for a referral to an occupational or physical therapist. Be sure to tell them the specific tasks you need help with so they can recommend the best options for you. Then you’ll be on your way to a more confident and independent lifestyle.
As an experienced caretaker of her aging mother, Nancy Kupka PhD, RN, writes to share he knowledge to educate and inform others on caregiving. Dr. Kupka is a Manager of Clinical Programs and Quality at Walgreens, where you can find home health products like mobility scooters to help disabled veterans stay mobile.
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