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Essential Home Nursing Supplies for CP Patients

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder caused by a malformation or non-progressive brain injury. Cerebral palsy can have adverse effects on:

  • Movement
  • Muscle control
  • Muscle coordination
  • Muscle tone
  • Reflexes
  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Motor skills
  • Oral motor functioning

Patients require full time care to ensure their safety and a high quality of life. There are certain home nursing supplies that can aid in providing this for those who suffer from cerebral palsy. The more they can do for themselves, the better. There are simple, yet ingenious products that can be provided to allow for assisted eating, drinking and general movement.

Mobility

Those suffering from cerebral palsy have varying degrees of movement. Often times they cannot walk or have trouble doing so. You may opt to have a wheelchair or mobility scooter and a walking apparatus available to the patient to keep the muscles that are working active.

You can opt for a more simple design like the Aluminium Econo which is best for moving around indoors and over short distances, or you may require something more heavy duty and

build to go further for a patient that has very limited movement. The Comfort Electric is ideal for bilateral amputees and quadraplegic patients.For patients who need assistance walking the4 Wheel Walker is ideal. It is lightweight, has handbrakes, is easily adjustable for different heights and is easy to fold up and store.It even sports a small padded seat and a basket for the patient’s convenience.

Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking can be a difficult task for CP patients with reduced motor skills. By investing in small innovations meal times can be transformed into an opportunity for the patient to practice their fine motor skills.

Using a utensil kit that is specially designed for those with restricted wrist and finger movement can make all the difference for the patient. The handles are bendable to manipulate the angle of the utensil to suit the ability of the patient. When used together with a plastic plate guard the patient will be able to eat comfortably and keep food on the plate without getting frustrated and giving up.A standard drinking cup with an extended mouth piece can be added to this set.

Small changes in the form of quality home nursingsupplies can improve the quality of like of a CP patient drastically.

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