House call or Home ride
Mobilise at your own pace
Prostheses are designed and fitted by a specialist prosthetist. Assistive devices are often required after a traumatic injury, sudden fall, infection or sports-related injury. In many cases, an artificial limb provides an enhanced state of mobility and promotes independence. However, getting used to the prosthesis or mobility aid may take a while. Ludada and Associates offer house calls or home rides to and from the doctor's practice and physiotherapy centre. By providing transport, we give you more time to regain functionality.
A prosthesis or rented mobility aid is designed for the patient’s comfort and functional needs.
A prosthesis is made for the following reasons:
- To improve mobility after amputation as a result of vascular complications related to diabetes, sepsis and infection
- The slow decline of the remaining limb
- To keep up with the patient’s current fitness levels
- To meet your personal goals and desired needs
The time to acclimate to the new prosthesis, orthotic or mobility aid depends on the health of the residual limb, state of health and level of fitness.
There is no limit to the time given to create the prosthesis. However, in a state of emergency, a custom-made device can be made within a given timeframe. Typically, the prosthesis fitting happens soon after the amputation once the swelling goes down and the site has healed.
The fitting process involves the following:
- Taking measurements of the residual limb and stump
- Inserting a silicone liner
- Developing a plaster mould
- Creating the socket and plastic and metal parts of the artificial limb
- Inserting the shaft and attaching the prosthesis
Practice with the new limb can begin after several weeks from the day of the procedure. In addition, training is provided concerning rehabilitation and how to care for and maintain the prosthesis, orthosis or mobility aid. Progress made concerning movement and care of the assistive device is ongoing, meaning all patients will require assistance in the first few weeks before the device is fitted.
A house call is R350, within 10km radius, beyond that transport cost will be added at R4.50 p/km.
It takes several weeks to get used to the new prosthesis. Rehabilitation is ongoing, meaning you will require physical therapy to adapt to the prosthetic. Furthermore, we will assess the prosthetic, the remaining limb and gait to see how well you adapt to the prosthesis.
You may need help for several weeks. First, it helps to get someone to remove the clutter in your house to move around more easily. Threshold ramps need to be built in your house to create even ground when travelling from room to room.