This year, International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) should be used to recognise that people who live with disabilities are among the most affected populations amid the COVID pandemic. An increase in poor outcomes for people with disabilities has been amplified by the reduction in routine healthcare and the absence of emergency preparedness in these unprecedented times.
IDPWD encourages people to demand meaningful investments in the building blocks that will reduce the barriers faced by those with disabilities.
As a result of the pandemic, we have witnessed extremely long delays in the manufacture and transport of care equipment to the UK. Loan stores and equipment providers have seen wait times for simple equipment increase from a few days to upwards of 12 weeks. People with disabilities can suffer severe consequences as a result of these delays, leaving them without essential healthcare equipment that allows them to live a more fulfilled and independent life. In fact, losing this independence can have a profound impact on an individual's mental health. Moreover, when individuals are left without the appropriate equipment, difficulties can occur; incorrect seating for example can lead to pressure ulcers which can cause extreme health complications. The correct equipment is vital for a person's health and wellbeing, both mental and physical.
At Wealden Rehab, we have been striving to maintain our normal delivery times despite global supply issues. This has involved a huge investment in additional stock to back up our commitment to our contracts and customers in the UK. At the time of writing, we are still supplying over 98% deliveries on time, and we are working with our partners around the world to ensure vital equipment supply isn't disrupted.
Get in touch with our sales team on 01634 813388 to discuss your requirements.
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