How to Live with Reduced Mobility in Comfort

Whether it’s a temporary situation or this is a long-term circumstance, some of us will have to live with reduced mobility at some point. It could be because of an operation you’re recovering from, an accident or a chronic condition - but you will want to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible and stay independent.

How to Live with Reduced Mobility in Comfort

There are a few different things you could try out to see if you can make things just that little bit better - even just a small change could make a world of difference. Here are some ideas that you could put in place and see if they have a positive effect on your life.

Get adaptations for your home
If you have to adapt where you live now, or you’re thinking about what might be required in the future, it is a good idea to find out about what alterations you might need to make. If you have stairs in your home, then having an extra banister rail might make it easier for you to get up and down them.

You could also have a stairlift, with models for a curved stairlift even available if that’s what you’ll need. It might be possible to put in a through-floor wheelchair lift, depending on your home’s layout and its size. However, if you rent your property or share access with others, you may need to get permission if you want to make changes.

For the bathroom, you may wish to think about installing a walk-in tub - which will be designed to help people with mobility challenges to have a safe bath. Getting in and out of a tub can be tricky, so walk-in tubs have a door that will let you get in without a problem. They will keep you safe and help you retain independence.

Other adaptations you could make include grab rails, raised toilet seats, leg lifters, ramps, a level-access shower, or a shower chair. However, there are some items that you may need to get advice from a healthcare professional before buying.

Go swimming
One reason people enjoy using swimming pools is because of how the water works with our bodies: it supports us, and if the water is warm, it can ease aches and pains. Water also creates friction, so our muscles work harder with each move. Swimming works the whole of your body and can be fun.

With more severe mobility issues, many public pools offer hoist swings for access to the water. There are also changing wheelchair-friendly areas.

Get help when travelling
You can ask for assistance when getting on a flight, for instance. You can do this at least 48 hours before you travel through your airline or when you first book with your travel agent or tour operator. This will be passed on to the airport and service provider but, if you don’t give notice, you may be delayed and not receive what you need. You will have to be clear about what kind of help you require, too.

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