Most of the adaptive equipment either runs on electrical or battery power. Every electronic or battery operated equipment needs maintenance to some extent on a regular basis. But when it comes to the adaptive devices management and maintenance, it is a catch 22 situation.
One is because the equipment is used by people who already have disability as a condition and it is difficult for them to tell if the problem is with them or the device most of the time. The only solution is that someone should keep a tab on the device and check it regularly to notice any device failures or regular tear and wear.
Several things can go wrong with an electronic device or anything that is mechanical in nature. Wheelchairs are a major support system for people who cannot use their legs and walk. Wheelchairs have to be checked for rust, loose ends and power on a periodic basis to ensure that everything is working properly. Also, the equipment used by the physically challenged should not be damage prone; instead it should be reliable at all times.
Even small creaky sounds or noises from the equipment should be taken care of and the person who is using it should be attentive to such noises if possible. The most common types of adaptive equipment used are wheel chairs, scooters and high chairs.
Other kinds of small equipment like electric shaver, toothbrush and tin openers can be discarded most of the time. However, getting a manual along with the wheel chair or a scooter does not solve the problem. One should also know how to maintain their equipment. The people who sell or make the equipment usually give some tips on maintenance of the device. On request they also train for maintenance. If self maintenance is not an option, then a person should consider signing up with the maintenance agency.
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