Deciding which wheelchair is right for a child is not an easy task, but we are fortunate in New Zealand that many Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists specialise in this area, and can make it as easy as possible. There are some great websites that offer assistance and are well worth visiting to help the decision process: www.abledata.com
There is such a large range of products available to help bathe children with disabilities that we recommend considering a few of the following points:
And of course, kids grow so you need to consider one that has a good amount of growth incorporated in it – it’s better to start with one that is a little on the large side, than one that is a little snug. It’s quite a process to get equipment funded so ideally, you want it to last as long as possible.
Yes - all that is needed is a trial request to come through from a therapist to start the process. Once the trial request has been received, with the specifications required, we will send the wheelchair out to the therapist ready to trial for at least one week.
Yes - all we need is a trial request to come through from a therapist that you are working with. Once we have this and the specifications you require, we will send the equipment out to the therapist and they will have it for you to trial for at least one week.
Any of the Toileting or Bathing items are issued for trial on the basis of "Dry Trial". This means that the item can be set up on the toilet or in the bath but not actually used with water. Many people use our trial equipment and we need to ensure that it stays in a clean and safe condition.
Good question – and one that we know your child’s therapist will help you with. However, we know that lots of parents and carers like to do their homework, so here are a few things to consider when looking at mobility options for your child:
How much support do they offer? Seating supports are often incorporated into buggies and wheelchairs to ensure that kids have good postural support and are also really comfortable.
Rear facing or front facing? Like regular buggies, it is good to have the option for your child to be facing you, which allows you to keep a close eye on them.
What is the overall size? The actually width of the buggie or wheelchair is important as you want it to easily fit through doors and let you go to the places that are part of your life.
How much do they weigh? Depending on the age of your child, it is likely that you will be transferring them into a car seat when you go out and will need to lift it into your vehicle. Looking after your body is really important too.
How easily do they fold up? How small do they go? Think about the space you have in your vehicle and also that you made need to do this several times a day – and in the pouring rain sometimes too!
Is there a storage compartment? A small thing that makes a big difference – a place to put spare clothes, food and nappies is important. If a storage compartment or bag is not standard, then check to see if there is an easy way for a baby bag to be attached.
What are the options if I need to also transport other children? Some buggies have the option of adding on a buggie board that older children can stand on, while others have the option of having mounting brackets added for a baby capsule. If this is something that you will need, make sure you discuss the options with your therapist.
And of course, kids grow so you need to consider one that has a good amount of growth incorporated in it – it’s better to start with one that is a little on the large side, than one that is a little snug. It’s quite the process to get equipment funded so you ideally want it to last as long as possible.
Once the funding comes through, standard wheelchairs like the Karma Flexx Junior Paediatric wheelchair is generally held in stock and delivery to the therapist will be within 2 - 3 days. If the wheelchair is going to be custom made, it might take up to six weeks from the time we receive the order from the funder until it is delivered to the therapist.
Essentially there are two different types of toileting options for children with disabilities – either stand alone commode style toileting systems or ones that can be attached to a regular toilet.
The commode style is generally easy to move and can be easier for children to transfer on and off. Many of these can also be used as a shower chair and are really easy for carers to use. They can be placed over the toilet or a removable commode bucket can be used.
Toilet support systems attach easily to a regular toilet. They are adjustable, secure and provide good positioning while the child is using the toilet. They help encourage independence and as many have padded seat options, ensure that the child is comfortable especially if it takes longer than usual.
Standing frames are designed for children who are spending most of their days in a wheelchair or buggie and assist in fulfilling their mobility and standing needs. Your child’s therapist will work with you to determine what your child needs and what the goals will be for them when using a standing frame.
Some things that you might like to consider are:
There are several main types of Standers:
There are lots of ways that children with disabilities benefit from standing including the following: