If you have a child with cerebral palsy (CP), you know the challenges involved. Adapting to life with a disability requires help. Adaptive equipment is often required for people with CP to perform ordinary daily activities.
Depending on severity, a person with movement disorders resulting from birth injuries may not be able to walk without support. He or she may be confined to a wheel chair or bed. The goal for every child with cerebral palsy is to live his or her best life and be as independent as possible.
Achieving Independence With Adaptive Equipment
Adaptive equipment helps a child with CP become independent. Getting children with CP up and moving is important to their long-term success. When people with CP are too sedentary, muscles can weaken or even break down. Inactivity can also lead to incontinence and pneumonia. The goal of cerebral palsy treatment is to maximize health and independence. Empowering children to perform tasks themselves allows them to feel greater self confidence.
Physical Therapy Using Adaptive Equipment
Cerebral palsy physical therapy helps children learn how to live with CP. A physical therapist can teach a child to use adaptive equipment. Some adaptive equipment fits right on the body, such as various braces. A physical therapist can measure posture, balance, trunk, arms, legs, hands and feet and order custom braces. She or he may also recommend clothes that are easy to take on and off. There is also adaptive equipment that can help infants and children turn over. Children with CP who receive these therapies and use adaptive equipment have a better chance of being able to eventually reach a shelf or go to another room without help.
Some adaptive equipment helps make homes more accessible. Sinks and stoves can be lowered to wheelchair level, for example. There is also adaptive equipment for bathrooms to adapt toilets, sinks and tubs. There is also transfer gear to help people with CP get in and out of bed and chair seats that push up to help people stand.
Examples of Adaptive Equipment
Here are some examples of available adaptive equipment for CP:
- Crutches, walkers, wheelchair, hospital bed
- Tub chair, hand held shower, raised toilet seat
- Custom made shoes and stockings, tools to put them on
- Transfer benches or boards, for bed to chair or to commode
- Exercise equipment
- Braces for splinting or posture
- “Reacher” gadget used to grasp items
Coping with Costs
Adaptive equipment for CP can be very costly, especially over the course of a lifetime. A birth injury lawsuit could lead to a financial settlement that would help you to afford the best care for your child. Call a nurse case manager at Sokolove Law today and discuss your options. Our experienced legal team includes registered nurses and experienced birth defect lawyers to help get you the compensation you need and deserve.