HELPING HAND: Annette Ivins from Kingaroy Home Aids and First Aid Training has a variety of support equipment in store.
HELPING HAND: Annette Ivins from Kingaroy Home Aids and First Aid Training has a variety of support equipment in store. Elaelah Harley

Are you in need of a home aid?

SOMETIMES people just need a little bit of help to get by.

In the South Burnett community, this help can often include a range of aids to assist with someone's general lifestyle and wellbeing.

Kingaroy Home Aids and First Aid Training owner Annette Ivins offers equipment for a range of medical scenarios at her store for those in need.

According to Mrs Ivins, many people will get told they'll need equipment from medical professionals.

"Sometimes people are told before or after surgery that they need to have certain equipment in place to be able to recover easily,” she said.

"Otherwise some people have just hurt themselves and need assistance.”

Mrs Ivins said many people come into the store for advice on what help they might need.

"We'll talk them through what the problem is and if it's severe, we'd suggest that they may need to see a doctor about it first,” she said.

"Certain devices might not be suitable for that person and they may need to have some therapy beforehand or will need a particular device suggested by the physiotherapist.”

Otherwise, if it's something the team knows they can take care of, Mrs Ivins said they would guide customers through some equipment or dressings that could help.

"We have a lot of support for different problems, including issues like tennis elbow, along with a lot of knowledge with what helped other clients for other medical situations,” she said.

"Word of mouth is a big thing. We like to know if people have had success with certain aids so that we know what we should be offering people in similar situations.”

Some of the equipment Kingaroy Home Aids and First Aid Training stocks includes first aid, dressings to help with injuries, compression stockings, diabetic socks, CPAP and oxygen products and daily living aids.

"There are a lot of everyday things that are easy to do but can be difficult for somebody else,” Mrs Ivins said.

"For people who have arthritis, there's cutlery available with bigger handles to make them easier to use.

"Especially during colder seasons, people with arthritis can find some tasks quite painful without a bit of help.”

Along with general medical and recovery equipment, the business also offers a lot of aids for the senior community.

"As they get older there are things they might need to assist them in everyday living,” Mrs Ivins said.

This includes different types of walking aids, from walking sticks to wheel walkers and mobility scooters.

"Wheel walkers are great because people can stop and sit but still take part in regular activities,” Mrs Ivins said.

"Mobility scooters are also very important, so that people can go to a function without having too much trouble.”

Mrs Ivins said if they don't have the equipment on hand, they can certainly source it, depending on what the client's requirements are.