Adaptive and Independent Living
Independence is key to coping with dwarfism. Care givers of little people should try as much as possible to improvise to make little people less dependent on them. There are already tested and proven devices that can be adapted by little people e.g.
1. Step Stools - these help little people to reach/access things beyond their height. they are useful in homes, schools, libraries, hotels and other places that are difficult for the little people to reach.
2. Suitable chair
Little people face challenges of having to endure sitting on chairs that were not designed for people like them and as such are a health hazard. In the end, they experience back pains, tingling legs and numbness, which makes them less productive. However, a chair was designed to specifically cater for the needs of the different categories of little people. This adjustable chair called the ErgoChair was designed by a company called Adaptive Living. This ErgoChair can be adjusted to individual distinctive shape and this is what the little people need. It has the following features:
- Adjustable arm rests
- Adjustable height
- Adjustable back rest
- Adjustable foot rest
3. The FreedomWand
This is a multi-task, multi-length tool; it holds an ointment pad, loofah or lightweight wash cloth, disposable shaver and the all important toilet tissue. The FreedomWand can be used from 7-30” and comes with a cloth carry bag. It’s specifically designed for personal cleaning and hygiene for anyone with limited mobility. The easy to use slide button releases tissue into the toilet with little effort. For more information, visit http://www.freedomwand.com.
4. Driving aids
Little people need some adjustments to be able to drive cars. They need aids like steering controls, pedal extensions among other things.