Assistive Devices

Many persons with disabilities require the use of an assistive device for independence, but these devices are usually extremely expensive and therefore unaffordable for the majority. The public health system does what it can to provide devices, but the demand is huge and it cannot entirely fulfill the need.

NCPD is not in a position to fund assistive devices, but from time to time, we are approached by donors wishing to fund assistive devices, which we can then pass on to individuals requiring devices.

If you or someone you know requires an assistive device, you are welcome to complete the online enquiry form and select “Assistive Devices”.

Online Enquiry Form
Recipients of wheelchairs

Interesting information on Assistive Devices

Fact sheet on wheelchairs
Common problems with donating wheelchairs

NCPD’s policy on wheelchair donations

A properly fitted wheelchair provides comfortable seating and good back support, improving posture and ultimately optimizing function.

There is no “one size fits all “wheelchair. Most individuals are not properly fitted in their current wheelchair as their bodies and needs change over time. A wheelchair that does not fit properly may lead to pressure ulcers, poor posture, reduced balance, difficulty propelling the wheelchair, and difficulty with transfers. The following is of outmost importance:

  •          The wheelchair is the correct size and all the necessary modifications and adjustments have been made to ensure an optimum fit;
  •          The wheelchair and cushion support the wheelchair user in sitting upright;
  •          A quality appropriate pressure relief cushion.

This service is coordinated by the NCPD and we only support suppliers that understand and implement the same principles.

NCPD or one of our member organisations (APD’S) will identify an OT (occupational therapist) or wheelchair seating expert to conduct the assessment.