Disability is a major issue especially when it affects a member of the family. Disability increases the risks of falls and accidents, it also places the person is a state of dependency, something that does not only demand physically but psychologically as well. When a family member suffers from problems that limit his/her mobility and functionality, the whole family must make a collective effort to help. Here are some tips you can do to help with mobility of a parent or a loved one.
Make your Home Safe and Fall Proof primary health risk to look out for when a family member is disabled is the risk for falls or accidents, this warrants certain changes in the household. Here are some of the changes you might consider. Have ramps instead in entrances instead of stairs. If the disability requires your loved one to stay in a wheel chair most of the time, having ramps can both help you, the caregiver, and the patient when moving. Those with severe limitations would also benefit from ramps as it would be easier to use than stairs.
Make the hallways wide so that wheelchairs can easily pass. Do this by removing unnecessary objects or decorations that run along the hallway. Install grab bars on bathrooms. Bathrooms and toilets are particularly risky for people with disability, installing grab bars would be a helpful feature that can assist the elderly in moving about. It would also be better to install raised toilets, and grab bars beside them to facilitate mobility.
Have sinks and counters at a level wheelchairs can reach. Widen the doors and make sure they can be opened easily. Remove hazards such as clutter on the hallway, loose electrical cords, and furniture with sharp edges that are in the pathways of the house, areas with poor lighting, throw rugs and slippery floors.
Store everyday household items in a shelf within the reach of the person with disability; avoid placing them in areas where you would have to reach high or climb. It this is unavoidable, there are reaching devices available in medical supply stores that you can buy. Instruct the affected individual on how to move appropriately, example, if the disability is not severe and only a part of the body is weak, instruct to get out of the bath using the strong side first. Advise the person to wear shoes that provide ample support.
Support and Encourage your Loved One It is not enough to provide your loved one with the safety measure and devices he or she may need. Be there for him or her, a major issue in disability often takes a psychological and emotional form. Most of the time people with mobility problems get frustrated or depressed with their condition. Encouragement and positive support can help the person deal with the frustrations. This article on mobility is written by Jamie Henderson, Jamie is a writer of different medical articles tackling the issue of elderly and elderly disabilities.