Independence

Many of us strive to live as independent a life as possible. We appreciate though that for some of us, this is simply not possible at one point in time. It is often an aspiration goal though and through careful planning and the identification of suitable assistive technology, regaining some level of independence is possible for many of our customers.

Independence is often a primary goal of NDIS participants and where possible we will work with the participant and their supporters to try and achieve this.

Options to improve independence a many and varied and very much specific to the individual.

Progressing to independent riding on two-wheels

  • Use of adult-sized stabilisers to provide balance support and manage skills for riding
  • Ability to raise or remove stabilisers as skills improve and confidence grows
  • Use of walking mode to reduce fatigue and improve endurance
  • Use of a broad saddle to improve sense of stability and comfort
  • Use of a shortened crank or adjustable crank to enable improved pedal rotation
  • Use of a side-steer supporting arm to guide steering and/or braking

Progressing to more independent riding on three-wheels

  • Use of a tricycle to improve balance support and manage riding skills/expertise
  • Use of the fixed-wheel/free-wheel interchange hub to improve skills with pedaling through passive range of motion activities
  • Use of rhythm to encourage pedaling action

Riding in tandem but being involved in the process

Many options exist to get riders more independent even when they are accompanied. Sometimes it is about making the choice of where to go, when and with whom rather than having to ride alone.

Use of a range of innovations to address safety concerns

  • remote-control of the electric power system
  • remote braking facility
  • Low-speed setting

We can help you regain your independence one way or another. Please call us to discuss.