For people with disabilities, having access to adaptive equipment can open up a world of possibilities.
Due to a disability or after sustaining an injury, some people may find it difficult to perform activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting and feeding. Adaptive equipment devices assist the person in completing these activities.
The Center offers a selection of adaptive equipment and sensory items to people with disabilities through its Lending Libraries in St. Louis County, St. Charles County and its newest location, scheduled to open in the spring, in the City of St. Louis.
As Rochelle Healy, the Center’s Clinical Services Manager explains, “The purpose of the libraries is to provide timely support to individuals and families, save money and resources and recycle by repurposing usable equipment that is no longer needed. We offer training and fitting by one of our physical or occupational therapists and we give people the opportunity of trying out the equipment for up to 60 days before purchasing it or having it permanently installed in their home.” Evaluations are conducted at the Lending Library locations. Assessments for home modifications are conducted in the families’ homes as needed. There is usually no cost for these services or the equipment as the libraries are supported by county disability boards.
Aiden Reilly, age 8, is thrilled with the Yogibo Max he received through the Lending Library. Aiden has autism. The Yogibo Max is similar to a very large bean bag chair – it provides zero pressure points as it supports the body. It is also safe around active children. Aiden loves the Max so much he uses it instead of his bed. He also loves the weighted blanket from the Library.
Another family was provided with a hospital bed and positioning pillows for their seriously disabled child so he could have his own bed and be positioned and supported without falling out. A car seat allows him to sit up on his own. A ceiling track lift allows his parents to transfer him without sustaining harm.
The Center receives funding and referrals for the Lending Libraries from The Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, the St. Charles Developmental Disabilities Resource Board and the St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources.