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Durable medical equipment

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Adaptive Equipment (AE) can be utilized by a person following surgery, a neurological event, chronic illness or a general decline in functional status. Occupational therapy practitioners are trained in assessing a person's functional ability and are able to make recommendations for DME or AE in order to optimize safety and independence with daily tasks. Once appropriate DME and AE recommendations have been made, skilled occupational therapy practitioners provide training for safe and proper use. The following are some examples of DME or AE that may be recommended if applicable:

Durable medical equipment

  • Bedside commode.
  • Toilet riser.
  • Shower chair.
  • Tub transfer bench.
  • Wheelchair.
  • Walker.
  • Cane.

Adaptive equipment

  • Reacher.
  • Long-handled sponge.
  • Shoe horn.
  • Dressing stick.
  • Sock aide.
  • Toilet tongs.
  • Adaptive utensils (like weighted, built up grips and universal cuffs).
  • Adaptive cups.
  • Adaptive kitchen aides (like cutting boards, plate guards and rocker knives).