Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Checklist for Caregivers of Disabled Individuals
As a caregiver for the disabled, you will often discover that assessing the safety and quality of programs or residences for disabled individuals is, at times, challenging, but one of the fastest ways asses this is checking to see if they have following durable medical equipment (DME) on hand.
Most participants arrive at their day programs, group homes, or other events with their own wheelchairs, but having a few additional wheelchairs available is always a good idea in case of emergency. There is always a chance that a wheelchair malfunction or an emergency creates the need for an urgent escape from the building.
Portable patient lifts should be on hand in order to allow participants who have severe mobility issues to be moved anywhere on the premises as necessary. These can be lifts specifically designated as pool lifts for access into and out of a swimming pool or just to move the individual from place to place within the building.
Patient lifts are critical pieces of durable medical equipment (DME) in order to prevent strain on the caregivers for the disabled individual, as well as significantly reduce the risk of injury to the individual or the caregiver.
For more severely disabled individuals, these patient lifts might be installed as permanent track lifts that allow the individual to move (or be moved) from important areas of the building such as bedrooms, recreation areas, bathrooms, etc.
Most buildings that have any public access are required to have ramps available for disabled individuals, but what about for vehicles that are used to transport these individuals around. Portable ramps are a must for those situations where a ramp might not be available or when access in and out of a vehicle might be necessary.
Grab bars provide stability to disabled individuals in a variety of settings. These should be installed in any location where additional stability is necessary, such as near toilets, dining areas, or activity rooms. Portable grab bars such as HealthCraft’s Superpole™ or Superbar™ are also helpful in areas where mounted grab bars are not practical.
Rails installed in hallways, near ramps, and in places where disabled individuals might need help getting up and down from seated positions such as couches, chairs, beds, toilets, and baths are also very helpful.
Bath & Shower Seating
For locations where disabled individuals might live or spend long periods of time, it is a good idea to have shower and bath seating available for them. Another option is a roll-in shower, which is ideal for wheelchair users. Both types of equipment provide some degree of independence while still keeping them safe.
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