Are you or someone you take care of heavier in weight and need help supporting your body?
Bariatric is a classification that includes anyone who is heavier than 125kg and also has a seat width wider than 50cm.
When you’re overweight and have a heavier body to move around, it can become very difficult on your joints. This is especially the case for your lower body, including your knees, hips, and ankles.
But in addition to this, you can also put unnecessary stress on your bones, strain your back, and experience osteoarthritis.
Luckily, there are specially made bariatric aids that can help improve the quality of your life. These can reduce the strain on your body, allowing you to keep your joints safe and feel more comfortable.
Here are the top 7 bariatric aids
Over Toilet Aids
These are perfect for supporting your body to help you sit down on the toilet to do your business. Normal toilet seats are lower and require additional strain for you to sit down on and can lead to potential injury when trying to get up.
These specially designed scales can help you track your progress without the risk of the scale being damaged. If you’re trying to lose weight, these are essential.
Regular wheelchairs won’t be able to handle heavier bodies. Specially made bariatric wheelchairs are made out of a more durable material and construction. This allows you to safely support your body as you move around, without straining your hips, knees, or ankles.
Portable Ceiling Hoist and Lifters
If standing up and moving yourself is difficult, mechanical ceiling hoists and lifters can safely move you without straining your body. These are made out of durable materials that can lift you up using a manual system or even an electronic powered one.
Support Frames and Walkers
Support frames and walkers provide you with additional support and make it easier to do day to day tasks. This includes getting up from your seat, visiting the bathroom, and even just walking around for exercise. Some options have wheels on the bottom for easier movement. However, if you have the strength to do so, options without wheels will provide you with a better workout.
With a heavier body, standard mattresses might not provide you with the support you need to enjoy restful nights of sleep. This could result in springs digging into your body, neck pain, and even back pain when sleeping. As this continues, this can lead to poor sleep quality and make it harder for your body to lose weight. Specialised mattresses that are designed for bariatric individuals provide you with customised construction to cater for your body.
Similar to support frames and walkers, mobility scooters help to support the weight of your body to allow you to safely get around. These take the strain off your body and uses an electric drivetrain to do the hard work for you.