Skills Are Important – Living a Healthy and Active Life in a Wheelchair

de: Fundaţia Vodafone România January 21, 2019

Partner: Motivation Foundation Romania
Beneficiaries:
– 200 children and adults in wheelchairs and their caregivers
– at least 20 health professionals from the hospitals / recovery centers involved
Location: Bucharest, Ilfov, Prahova, Giurgiu, Ialomita, Dambovita, Calarasi, Buzau, Teleorman, Constanta
Launch Year: 2018
Budget: 196.000 lei

Purpose: to create a model for health services (connected to the public / private health system), designed to help 200 people in wheelchairs live an active life

Problem:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, over 50,000 people in Romania are wheelchair users. Their lives are severely affected by the poor quality of most of the wheelchairs available on the local market and by the lack of information on health and mobility. People who have suffered a spinal cord trauma and who use wheelchairs can enjoy an independent lifestyle, if they are provided with the right type of guidance and with appropriate support services. However, although much of the information these people need in order to re-engage themselves in an active life is related to health care (understanding the damage caused by spinal cord trauma, prevention or treatment of bedsores and urinary tract infections etc.), the health system does not provide this kind of basic information. The situation is made even worse by the fact that there are no quality standards for the wheelchairs supplied to these people.

Solution:

– introduce for the first time ever in Romania the computerized seat pressure measurement system, designed to prevent skin sores; the system consists of a sensor-pillow, which is placed on the seat of the wheelchair and which senses the pressure exercised onto the seat by the wheelchair user indicating the parts of the user’s body that are most prone to developing seat-sores.
– donate wheelchair user mobility equipment to hospitals / rehabilitation centers: beds, elevators, shower chairs, trial wheelchairs for wheel-chaired patients;
– identify, assess and train the recipient wheelchair users.

Expected results:

– 200 people with movement disabilities and their caregivers will receive customized equipment and information on health and mobility of people in wheelchairs;
– 200 wheelchair users will maintain / improve their health / personal independence;
– the medical staff in the hospitals and recovery centers involved will receive equipment that is designed to improve their working conditions and the quality of the services they provide to their disabled patients.

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