QUADRIPLEGIA & THE PRODUCTS THAT HELP
Cause & Symptoms
Quadriplegia is a condition in which a person has limited use of both their arms and legs due to illness or injury to the cervical area of the spine.
Mobility & Accessibility Devices
There are a number of products that will allow a person with quadriplegia remain independent. Your healthcare team can help you determine the devices that are best for you.
Manual Wheelchairs Manual wheelchairs, available in a wide range of styles, can assist with mobility when dealing with weakness and lack of muscle coordination.are a helpful tool for people with quadriplegia who have good arm function. Lightweight rigid chairs are available that are easy to push and very responsive, while being able to stand up to heavy daily use.
Standing Wheelchairs can provide enhanced mobility and independent positioning for people with quadriplegia. Used both indoors and out, various drive controls are available based on a person’s needs.Standing wheelchairs allow people to stand unassisted. Standing is known to provide both physical and psychological benefits.
Wheelchair Seating Systems increase the comfort and support a wheelchair provides and are also beneficial for people who are no longer able to shift their own weight. These systems provide extra support and aid in the prevention of 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.
Commodes 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.