Medical equipment

Medical equipment is meant to strengthen a disabled or ill person’s independency. These can be used to support mobility, dressing up, washing up and housework, or to improve safety.

Usually, you consider the need for medical equipment with your doctor. There may be other experts mapping out your need for medical equipment, such as rehabilitation counsel, physiotherapist or occupational therapist. Medical equipment loan services, run by healthcare services, will guide you in questions related to medical equipment and their usage.

Medical equipment that improves safety

There are simple measures to increase safety, which you can acquire yourself. These are, for example, wristband or necklace stating that you have epilepsy. Medicine dispensers are available if you have several medications or take medication multiple times a day.

For now, there is not a machine that would recognise different epileptic seizures. None of alarms guarantees full safety. For example, bed monitors only comprehend movement of generalised tonic-clonic seizures. If your child makes sounds during their nightly seizures, a baby monitor can be helpful.

Safety phone is a button in a wristband or necklace, which when pressed calls to a pre-set number. There are also safety alarms, developed primarily for people with memory disorders, which can be helpful for some. Locating safety wristband might be useful, if a person tends to move around during an absence seizure. Crash alarm, on the other hand, recognise the shaking motion from a fall and alerts if the person does not get up. A smart watch that monitors vital functions alerts when it detects abnormalities.

Severely disabled person may get support for equipment from the municipality’s disabled services. If you receive care services, you might get a safety phone from there, or alternatively, you can get one yourself.

Solutions to improve safety at home can be found here.