To some this is a very charming change of scenery, snow being a comfort to see outside on a cold day, but to others, it is an annoyance and hardship that can have harmful and devastating consequences.
Snow not only causes accidents and falls for some folk, A & E being rife with victims of the 'charming' weather conditions, but it can drastically effect the elderly and disabled who in the best of weathers find living from day to day a hardship without a certain amount of help.
Mobility equipment and nursing facilities are essential when extreme weather conditions are in full swing, the reasons for this being far more than simply aiding those who are vulnerable to physical accidents.
The equipment that exists to aid mobility ranges from stationary apparatus such as beds and chairs, to lighter, more manoeuvrable pieces, such as hoists and lifts etc used in more moderate cases.
The weather affects those who suffer from disability or sever old age in different ways, but snow is both extremely cold and treacherous to travel on, making it especially dangerous to those who would usually seek mobility equipment.
Levels of mobility impairment range from a lot to a little, and because of this, the severity of equipment designed to help ranges also.
For those who simply find it difficult and a strain to perform day to day activities, no matter how minor these may be, there is a large amount of physical aids that can help people such as this live life that bit easier.
Mobility equipment is after all, designed to help mobility for those who struggle to do so, and pieces such as patient hoists, stairlifts and mobility scooters help people perform otherwise hard and tedious tasks.
For those in more sever and extreme situations however, equipment changes and differs in its levels of aid.
For those who are physically unable to walk or have trouble lying down because of any back or spinal injury, low rise nursing beds are a common piece of apparatus designed to aid comfort, practically and of course, safety.
Mobility equipment in such sever cases as a nursing bed is usually very durable and hard wearing, designed in such a way as to be totally safe and secure for any patient / user.
Nursing beds are designed in such a way as to provide comfort for those who find it hard to rest their bodies, low rise designs in particular being such a way in which people can access it easily.
In such cold weather as this start of the year has brought, sufficient mobility equipment is vital considering the risks that exist for people in need of physical and mobile aid.