ALS & the products that help

About ALS & Its Symptoms

The ALS Society of Canada describes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) as a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. Once enough of these nerve cells begin to deteriorate, control of voluntary muscles becomes impaired and, as the disease progresses, eventually all muscle control will be lost, causing paralysis.

Mobility & Accessibility Devices

There are a number of devices that help people with ALS maintain their independence as their symptoms progress. Your healthcare team can help you determine the devices that are best for you.

Canes can offer some balance support for those who are unsteady on their feet.

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Adjustable Cane

Crutches are available in forearm and underarm models for those who need more than a cane, but do not require a walker.

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Walkers/Rollators - Walkers, also known as rollators, can be a benefit to people who have the need for a walking aid but find that a cane or crutches do not provide enough support.

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Aids to Daily Living (ADL) can help a person to perform common tasks, such as meal preparation, eating, dressing and personal care. ADLs include reachers, large-handled cutlery, dressing aides, jar/can openers and more.

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good grips utensils

Manual Wheelchairs are available in a wide range of styles and can be customized to optimize functionality. Basic chairs are suited for occasional use due to their weight, but are often adjustable to better match a user's physical requirements. Lightweight adjustable wheelchairs can be customized to an individual user and dramatically reduce the effort required to wheel the chair as they tend to be lighter in weight, thereby increasing maneuverability and functionality and lessoning the risk of repetitive use injuries of the shoulders, arms and hands.

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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, if a person no longer has sufficient hand control.

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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.

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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.

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bathroom seat

Grab Bars are essential for anyone with balance and strength issues and useful for any room in the house. They are most often seen in bathrooms, but can be installed anywhere it might be important to have a solid handhold available.

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grab bars

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.

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Home Care Beds, also known as hospital-style beds, provide added comfort for people who must spend long periods of time in bed. Their adjustability can also make a caregiver's job much easier.

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hospital beds

Incontinence products range from pads for minor urinary incontinence to full adult diapers for those with total incontinence.

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Incontinence products

Bed Pads are absorbent pads that are designed to protect sheets and mattresses in the event of urinary or bowel accidents.

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Bed Pads

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.

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