Everybody desires to enjoy good health but, at times, unfortunate events do happen and rob individuals of that advantage. Losing mobility can be devastating; it can cause one to lose their dependence, and it can also affect their job and work life. Learning to cope with that can be tough, but thankfully it’s doable. If you or a loved one has mobility issues, there are a couple of steps you can take to ensure you or they live a fulfilling life. This article highlights some of the key tips that can be helpful in overcoming mobility issues for a better quality of life.
Accept the Situation
Whether the loss of mobility is temporary or permanent, it is good to start by accepting the situation as it is. It will be hard to live a fulfilling life if you remain stuck up on what could have been. However, this doesn’t mean that you should not allow yourself to grieve the situation. It is okay to feel sad about what happened, but don’t allow yourself to become bitter and angry. If you are feeling so, consider talking to a friend you can trust or a professional counselor. Get the help you need to accept the situation, get through the negative emotions and come up with a way forward for your life.
Invest in Quality Mobility Aids
Aids will give you the freedom to move around. This allows you to do more independently. There are different types of aids including clutches, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The type of aid you need will depend on the nature of the mobility issue and overall health. For instance, to use clutches, you require good balance and upper body strength. For those who are unable to walk, mobility scooters can make a world of difference. Having one can allow you to go where you want without having to rely on others.
Consider Home Remodeling and Modifications
Home improvement projects can be done to make the home safer and increase independence for people with mobility issues. Changes can also be done for comfort. Some examples of projects you can consider include:
- Widening the doorways
- Having a bedroom downstairs
- Having a walk-in shower
- Replacing the flooring so that it is slip-resistant
- Installing some grab bars in the bathroom
- Lowering the kitchen countertops
- Installing a wheelchair ramp,
- Using smart tech – including smart sprinklers, a smart thermostat, smart lighting, a smart doorbell, and smart curtains and blinds.
In addition to the modifications, some decluttering is also essential to avoid accidents. You may also want to do away with the rugs, especially where mobility aids will be used in the house. These can increase the risk of falls and accidents.
Exercise is good for overall health. Exercise can improve your mood, lower stress and lower the risk of diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. If you have a mobility issue, exercise can be more beneficial because due to the decreased mobility and other factors, the risk of disease and injuries is higher. According to this publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person with a disability is at a greater risk for health problems. Exercise and healthy eating are just two of the steps one can take to prevent these diseases. However, before you start any exercise regime, it’s good to consult with your healthcare provider. They will assist you in identifying the best plan that will give you maximum benefit without causing strain and injuries.
Mobility issues may distort life as you had envisioned it, but you can overcome the challenges and live a life that will be worth looking back to. Make a new plan and keep seeking help, from both family and friends, and professionals.