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Opting for apparatus to fit anyone with a incapacity could be a complicated activity. a lot learn exists concerning the wishes of individuals with disabilities at the one hand and concerning the apparatus on hand for them at the different. The authors of this much-needed e-book uniquely assemble those strands of study, exhibiting how offerings approximately gear may be matched to an review of desire. They clarify the numerous concerns which may be fascinated about settling on gear, together with availability, bills, carers' necessities, attainable investment and importantly the clients' actual and psychological skill, evaluations and way of life. utilizing an evidence-based method they supply step by step assistance for therapists, kin or specialist carers and clients for the choice of assistive units. Drawing all through all alone wide specialist event the authors current the knowledge had to make applicable judgements approximately seating, toileting, dealing with and bathing units, with illustrations and an invaluable record of assets. Their easy and useful instructions will enable execs and carers to enhance caliber of existence for people with disabilities, and will aid clients of kit themselves take a extra proactive position within the picking out of assistive items.

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Level of confidence with which the information can be applied to your situation: guidance only(*). 3 Focus groups For a focus group, between 8 and 12 people are invited to meet and discuss a topic. Topics that are particularly suitable for such discussions are those where opinions and attitudes are explored, or where pooled knowledge will enrich the debate. Each group usually lasts about an hour and a half, and a moderator ensures that the discussion includes all the areas that the schedule sets out.

It is possible to draw inferences from a series of intra-subject comparisons. Qualitative comments may be gathered from the participants to add depth to data collected by closed questions. Advantage 44 • Those testing the products can be selected to represent the range of requirements for which the assistive device has been designed. METHODS USED IN EVALUATING ASSISTIVE DEVICES Disadvantage • Information that is of interest to services such as community equipment stores may not be gathered, for example concerning durability or ease of adjustment between successive users.

A number of firms offer a mail order service. Ensure that they will allow you to return the product if it is not suitable for your needs. If the product is designed specifically to address a difficulty that arises through impairment, you should be able to buy the product without paying VAT, and catalogues often have a declaration form in them to allow you to take advantage of VAT exemption. RNID Tel: 020 7296 8001 Mail order assistive devices for hearing-impaired people. Medical Devices Agency Tel: 020 7972 8360 Disability Equipment Assessment series (1992–98).

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