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The design of the Oxford switch was created specifically for those who are partly capable of performing daily activities independently. These users require a small amount of assistance, without being physically demanding on the caregiver. As there is very little demand on the carer, this means there is usually no risk of dynamic overload for the caregiver.
There may however sometimes be a risk of static overload when performing some daily activities with assistance. Mobility assistance aids such as the Switch are often used for support and security. Further support can also be added to the Oxford Switch, using the Oxford Belts. Due to the partial mobility of these usersâ€™ it is most important that functional mobility is stimulated, and muscle strength and tone is maintained or improved.
Having the ability to stand up independently is one of the most essential daily actions. Most people would not think about standing up when they do it. Therefore, when aged, muscularly affected, or people in recovery are losing or gaining mobility it is vital that these actions and activities are practiced. This helps ensure mobility is kept and improved and increases independence. The Oxford Switch promotes muscle tone and balance, by assisting but not doing it for the patient. Being able to stand up easily has a huge impact on daily activities such as getting out of bed and getting up from a toilet or chair. Through encouraging the use of these muscles, it will help provide improved stability, balance and mobility, therefore increasing independence.
It is most important these individuals maintain or improve their mobility as much as possible, to help maintain strength and accelerate recovery or slow down the deterioration of their mobility. This is vital to stimulate their remaining capacity and involve the user in the action. This will give them a sense of independence and achievement, which is most important to give them a sense of purpose and promote positive feelings. Through achieving and improving their independence this helps broaden their opportunities and reduce the risk of depression and the feeling of hopelessness. If independence is lost, this can lead to the development of many negative feelings.
This may include doubtfulness, demotivated, unable to look after themselves, cognitive decline, reduced capabilities, reduced self-worth and health deterioration. On the contrary, independence will develop feelings of happiness, success and help keep a sense of control over their lives. This also promotes dignity, as the caregiver can help where needed and let the user still have privacy and choice. Improving and increasing mobility and independence is essential in maintaining oneâ€™s balance. If the userâ€™s balance is affected this can lead to falls and therefore further reduce their mobility.
The typical user of the Switch transfer platform has difficulty standing up and supporting and balancing themselves. These could be aged clients or those in the rehabilitation and recovery process. These users may sometimes struggle with daily activities and require assistance from a caregiver. However, in general these users can usually carry out daily activities independently.