Even the smallest changes can make a huge difference in the life of someone living with a disability. There is always something you can do to make a change. These 10 tips can make accessibility less of an issue for those with disabilities.
A Reaching Device
It’s important that individuals with disabilities keep as active as possible and make many things accessible themselves. A reaching device is a great option to get your hands on those hard to reach items and maintain your independence.
Staying active is one of the most important things when living with a disability but is particularly challenging. There are some exercise machines tailored to individuals with disabilities, however, there are a variety of exercises you can do while sitting to keep your body strong and healthy.
Have Transportation Available
Having access to a transportation service is an absolute must. There is nothing worse than feeling trapped at home, so be sure to have the contact info of a reliable, and trustworthy transportation service programmed into your phone.
Have Extra Support When You Need It
If you live alone, consider hiring a healthcare aide to come in and help with your activities of daily living. It’s always nice to have a hand and the company is never bad either! Take the time to find the individual who is the right fit for you, even if it takes some time.
Sign up for Medical Alert
Accidents happen and you can never foresee them. Having a medical alert can save you from being stuck after a fall or injury with your cell phone out of reach.
Invest in specialty items such as a mattress, hospital style bed or a walk-in bathtub. Depending on your level of disability, consider the wide variety of options available and which are best suited to your needs.
Adjust Your Home
There are few things beyond your reach once you adjust your home to accommodate your disability. Lower benches, a ramp and adjusting the items stored in your cabinets can greatly increase your comfort and mood.
Maintain an Active Social Life
Plan to get out of the house or have company over on a regular basis. Another option is joining a group that plans outings that you can attending. Maintaining an active social life is important for your mental health.
Get a Pet
A pet is great for lifting anyone’s spirits. Taking care of animals and the companionship of them can be another way to keep your mental health in check.
Start with this list, then look around your home to take note of some of the changes you can make. If you have a loved one struggling with a disability, these changes are easy to make in order to improve their quality of life.