DIABETES & THE PRODUCTS THAT HELP
Cause & Symptoms
Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, removes sugar, in the form of glucose, from the bloodstream and moves it into our cells, thereby lowering the blood sugar level. A person with diabetes has a condition in which the quantity of glucose in the blood is elevated. This is because there is not enough insulin produced, there is no insulin produced or because the cells are not responding properly to the insulin that is produced.
Mobility & Accessibility Devices
While most people with diabetes may not require much in the way of assistive devices beyond medic-alert items and blood glucose monitoring devices and their supplies, there is a wide range of home medical equipment to provide independence to those who have foot problems or who have had lower limb amputations as a result of the condition. Your healthcare team can help you determine the devices that are best for you.
Power Wheelchairs can provide enhanced mobility and independent positioning. Used both indoors and out, they are suitable for people who are unable to propel a manual wheelchair, but who have the ability to control their hand movements. Other types of driving controls may be available on select models for those who do not have sufficient hand control.
Wheelchair Cushions should be used by anyone who spends most of their time in a wheelchair. They can be basic comfort cushions or something more substantial that can provide pressure relief and positioning if circulatory problems are felt may lead to pressure injuries.
Bathroom Aids are essential for people with mobility impairments. Bath seats, transfer benches and bath boards, in combination with hand held showers, allow people to sit down while bathing to increase comfort and safety. Raised toilet seats make a toilet higher, making it easier for a person to stand up. Grab bars and toilet safety frames will also help to make bathrooms safer.
Lifting Devices, such as platform lifts, vehicle lifts and porch lifts, assist with the ease of entering in and out of a home or vehicle for people using a wheelchair. While patient lifts assist with the transfer of a person to or from a bed or wheelchair.
Therapeutic Support Surfaces & Positioning Devices Therapeutic support surfaces, such as mattresses, and positioning devices, such as pillows, can be used on home care beds to prevent pressure injuries for those with circulatory problems.
Commodes can be helpful for sufferers who are not able to stand. They are basically commodes with wheels that can be rolled into a shower stall to support the user while showering.can be helpful for people who are not able to stand or who cannot stand for long periods of time, and are available with or without wheels. Those without wheels are typically used at the bedside and wheeled models can be rolled over a toilet. Shower commodes can also be used in an accessible shower.