After a loved one successfully completes surgery, one of the ways that you'll be able to lend a hand is to rent whatever medical equipment will be needed to aid in mobility and recovery. Your local medical equipment rental service is the best place to rent a wheelchair that will help you to assist your family member in getting around. If you haven't previously rented a wheelchair, it's important to note that in some cases, the rental fee covers just the wheelchair itself. This means that you'll need to anticipate which accessories will be helpful so that you can rent them at the same time. Here are three accessories that are smart to rent:
Although many wheelchairs come with footrests, not all of them do. This can leave your loved one's feet touching the floor, which will make it difficult for you to push him or her around. Telling the person to lift his or her feet isn't practical, and may not even be possible, so make sure that you also pick up a pair of footrests that are compatible with the wheelchair you'll be renting. If your loved one has just had a procedure that will require him or her to keep a leg straight and elevated, ensure that you have a leg rest for the wheelchair, too.
If the person will be spending a considerable amount of time in the wheelchair, you'll also want to rent a lap tray. This accessory mounts between the wheelchair's two armrests and creates a small table that sits over the person's lap. It's handy for a variety of applications, including eating. For example, if the person's wheelchair is too high to slide under the edge of the dining room table at home, he or she can easily eat food off the tray while seated next to the table.
Often, the person in the wheelchair will have a variety of medical and care products that he or she needs to keep handy. One way to manage these things is to rent a carry pack that will strap to the back of the wheelchair. This way, whoever is pushing the wheelchair will simply need to reach down, zip open the pack, and retrieve whatever the person needs. Wheelchair carry packs come in a variety of sizes, so you can assess your probable storage needs and then rent the right size of pack.
Contact a company like Hospital Pharmacy West for more information and assistance.