In order to access opportunities, the foremost requirement is to be able to move. Without mobility, a child cannot attend school, an adult cannot earn his living and an elderly cannot socialize. This is why, Chal Foundation aims to be present during the very first step of social integration i.e. to enable the physically challenged to be able to move.
Following are the services we provide to our patients for mobility:
Pre Device Treatment
The designed wearable devices are practical and efficient for use but patients need to be educated about deformed limb care before fitting the device. A pre-treatment plan is pivotal for patients to ensure compliance with post-surgical rehab. For this we have pinned some pre device treatment services:
- Desensitization of the stump and scar massage (for easy weight bearing).
- Stump shaping through rigid dressings/bandaging (for easy fitting of devices).
- Exercise or physiotherapy (for strengthening of stump; improving of range of motion, functional activities, mobility, wheelchair propulsion; for unsupported standing balance and ambulation with assistive devices).
Patients having structural deformities are prescribed prosthetic devices which replaces the missing limb. These include upper and lower limb prostheses providing some structural and functional restoration.
Orthotic devices are corrective appliances for deformed limbs which provide alignment; stability to joints; restriction to unwanted movements; pain relief; and compensation for leg length discrepancies.
Cosmetic appliances are non-functional devices given for cosmetic purposes such as breast prosthesis for mastectomy patients.
These non-weight, partial weight or total weight bearing devices are adaptive equipment used to increase independent mobility for special needs. In case of paralysis of trunk and lower extremities, wheel chairs, auxiliary crutches, canes and walkers are used.
Gait training refers to a specific type of physical therapy that helps you improve your ability to stand or walk. While wearing the appliance, it accustoms the patient weight bearing, balancing, walking, climbing and ambulation on artificial limbs.
Mobile Unit Services
In order to reach out far-flung patients in the remotest of places, Chal Foundation has devised a team of experts who visit patients through its customized vehicle. This vehicle is equipped with orthotic services along with casting.
Other services include repairing and replacement of devices and provision of mobility (prostheses) to C-ARP (Children-Amputee Rehabilitation Program) children. It also facilitates to link its patients with other disability focused organizations through participation in events, workshops and exhibitions.
Referrals are made in cases where stump shape does not comply with the requirement for prosthetic fitting and thus re-surgery may be recommended. Referrals may be given for orthopedic and cosmetic treatment, for medical rehabilitation of spinal cord injured, and for psycho-therapy counselling.
Chal Foundation provides advanced technology appliances at competitive prices. The commercial services help the foundation to generate adequate revenues for the provision of free patient services.
Establishment Of Centres
It’s part of our mission to facilitate the physically challenged at their doorsteps therefore we try to establish rehab centers at district levels. Chal Foundation operates under built-operate-transfer modality with potential partners because the development of fully operational rehab center has high capital requirements. At the same time we also support existing centers other than our own through infrastructure development and capacity building in various operations.