Whether you’ve suffered an accident that’s put you into a wheelchair, or mobility issues are giving you a much harder time getting around, being adaptable means that you can still retain much of your quality of life. Being stubborn and refusing to modify how you do things will only make it more difficult for you. While you might well be upset or even angry about your new circumstances, the sooner you embrace the changes needed, the better you can make the changes work for you.
Here are some tips to help you adapt faster.
Map Out What You Want to Do
Make a list of things that you most enjoy in life that shout quality to you. Look at ways to still enjoy them even if you’re having trouble getting around or need wheelchair access to facilities now. For instance, if you enjoy going to see a movie but your local movie theater is an older building that doesn’t have excellent wheelchair access, find a modern movie theater that caters to people with mobility problems. Certainly, AMC Theater has wheelchair access and special areas even for shows that are fully booked.
Don’t allow yourself to get down. Work down the list and find ways to still do as many of the things on the list as you can. You may need to compromise here and there, but you’ll find that many activities you enjoyed before are still possible now. Just adapt, improvise, and find a way.
Plan Farther Ahead
You may have been able to leave things until the last minute and barely plan a vacation trip or a complex activity before but understand that those days are over. To be able to fully enjoy a trip or complete an activity, you’ll need to research each location. Google is your friend in this situation because through the search engine you can find information on just about every location to determine if it has wheelchair access or ramps with hand rails if you’re mobile but unsteady when walking.
Use Yelp to find out more information about a business or location. Running specific searches on Google for things like “lakeside cabin+wheelchair access” to find suitable vacation spots. Phoning up the company to double-check which room is the most accessible is sensible too.
Make It Easier at Home
Get a friend or loved one to help reorganize your home. Moving objects out of the way avoids accidents. Also, think about access to the stairs and the bathroom facilities. For instance, using a tub transfer bench or a sliding shower chair makes it easier to move from a seated position across to the bath area. A tub bench provides access to the shower from a seated position while sitting over the bath. Having some transfer benches in the home allows for easier movement from one seated position to another by sliding across. They’re extremely useful products to own.
To still get all the quality of life that you want, put more effort in on the planning side. While it makes life more difficult, it can be done, and your experience will be less daunting as a result.