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Assistive devices are tools that help make your life easier. You may also hear them called adaptive equipment.
They are tools that can help you with many activities, like bathing, grooming, dressing, walking, writing, or eating.
They can be simple or complex. They range from a fork with an extra-large handle to a power wheelchair.
Occupational therapists and physiotherapists are trained to help you learn what assistive devices can help you. They can also tell you where you can find them. In general, you can find these tools in drugstores, medical supply stores, or online. Some can be found in home improvement stores.
These tools include:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine & Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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