Adaptive Equipment Helps with Daily Living and Independent Functioning
Adaptive equipment refers to devices that are used to assist individuals with activities of daily living and independent functioning. Those activities include things like bathing, dressing, grooming, oral care, toileting, transferring, walking, climbing stairs, eating, shopping, cooking, managing medications, communicating, housework, doing laundry, driving, managing finances, working, going to school or participating in recreational activities.
Adaptive equipment could be as simple and low-tech as a pencil grip and as complex and high-tech as a customized computer system. Costs of adaptive equipment can range from pocket change to tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, when costs of adaptive equipment are substantial, there are a number of resources available to help with funding adaptive equipment for people with disabilities.