We’re feeling inspired by the Paralympic athletes in the run up to the Rio competitions. Their determination and independence is something to be truly admired, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start in gaining a fully independent life or knowing where to find the right information. That is why we have compiled a list of ways to gain more independence and ultimately give you a new sense of freedom.
Adapt your environment to suit you, not the other way around
Homes are not always suitable for wheelchair users. Adjusting your home so that you can easily move around your home is the first place to begin. Rope in friends and family to help with the initial move around. Start by cleaning and organising items in your home so they are easily in reach, especially within the kitchen, and remove the thresholds that may cause issues and install ramps. Once the home is suitable and easy to navigate you can begin to live independently within your own house without the need for help.
Invest in some new wheels
If you fancy going out for a drive you can convert your vehicle to be wheelchair-accessible. Make sure you plan as many trips as you can. Travelling around can often increase your sense of freedom. Why not check out our latest post about adapted cars?
Public places of business are often equipped with disabled accessibility, making it a lot easier for you to venture out. Doing day-to-day tasks can boost your self-esteem and make you feel more independent. If you notice that a place does not cater for your needs but you want to shop there, don’t be anxious to ask, a simple request can often change this or make them aware of their current accessibility issue.
Living independently will also mean being able to make transfers and lifting. It is therefore recommended to exercise regularly. Why not check out your local gym, and see if they have any adapted programs for wheelchair users? This is great way to build up your strength while also making some great friends. Or try looking on the internet for suitable exercise regimes. Make sure to tune in for the Paralympics to feel inspired.
It’s often the little things that can often help increase your sense of independence and freedom.