Dealing with a new mobility challenge either for yourself or for a loved one can be a very stressful time. If the mobility challenge is a new change in your life then there will be a great transition time for you and your family members. You or your loved one will be dealing with the shock and stress of losing their mobility as well as the stress of learning new ways to move about either with a wheelchair or scooter. During this time period there are a few steps you can take to make the transition smoother.

Practical Advice

Practically speaking there are certain steps that will need to be taken in order to make a home accessible and safe for the handicapped individual. The installation of a wheelchair ramp or wheelchair lift will be one of the first items that will need to be taken care of to ensure that the handicapped individual can safely navigate the home environment. A wheelchair stair lift may also be a consideration depending on the layout of your home. Wheelchair ramps are an important way to help your loved one deal with their new mobility issues. This will already be a difficult time, it should not be made more difficult leaving the home inaccessible by lacking a wheel chair ramp.

Emotional Advice

In addition to the practical steps of installing ramps for wheelchairs to help with navigation it is also important to remember that your loved one is dealing with a brand new life that is full of new challenges. They may not have processed everything that has happened to them resulting in their mobility challenges yet. This can sometimes result in anger or depression for a time. It is important for family members and friends to rally around the individual while they deal with their new life and limitations.

Much patience may be required in order to ride out this troubled time. If your loved one seems angry or lacking patience themselves try putting yourself in their position and remember that they are frustrated and perhaps even frightened by all of the new changes in their life. If they need assistance offer it gently and back off when they want, without allowing them to endanger themselves.

Help your loved one practice with their new equipment and accessibility tools like ramps and lifts. Make sure they know they are not facing these new challenges all alone. You are there to help and make things as easy as possible. Encourage your loved one by letting them know they will soon establish a good routine and navigation for their new life.