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.

Canes, the most common assistive mobility device, can offer basic support for safe mobility.

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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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Manual Wheelchairs, available in a wide range of styles, can assist with a more significant loss of mobility.

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Transport Chairs are smaller, lighter versions of manual wheelchairs and are easier to fold and easier to load into a vehicle. Transport chairs cannot be propelled by the user because of their small rear wheel size.

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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 for those who do not have sufficient hand control.

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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.

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Stairlifts A stairlift can offer comfort and safety for anyone who finds stairs challenging and potentially dangerous. Both straight and custom curved models are available to fit virtually any stairway configuration.

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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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Grab Bars are essential for anyone with balance or 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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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 Elevators A home elevator is beneficial for people who require ease of access to multiple levels in a home.

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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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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.

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Therapeutic Positioning Devices

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.

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