The right medical equipment can enhance your mobility and access to your home as well as ensure your safety during everyday activities.
- When you get ready to leave the hospital, you may need a wheelchair. Make sure you have one designed for an amputee that fits properly, is lightweight, collapsible and easy to transport.
- If you are a bilateral amputee, you need a wheelchair with roll bars to prevent tipping.
- You can get your wheelchair through the hospital, or you can contact a medical equipment company.
- If you need a shower chair, make sure it is wide and sturdy.
- You may need temporary or portable ramps for enhanced access.
- A stair lift or elevator expands your access beyond the main floor.
“When I walk into a hospital room and talk to somebody who had just suffered an amputation, they’re sitting there wondering ‘What is the rest of my life going to look like?’ Then someone like me or one of the other peer advocates at Wiggle Your Toes can say ‘You know what? I’m playing softball, I’m riding my bike, I’m jogging, I’m golfing, I went back to work: this is how I did it.’ To be able to share a personal story like that with an individual who has recently suffered an amputation is invaluable.”