It's really important for both your mental and physical health to get out and about regardless of your disability – going outside makes us feel better and gives us essential Vitamin D for building stronger muscles and bones. Getting outside even if it’s only for 15 minutes a day can significantly improve your health, whether that’s doing a spot of gardening, hanging out the washing, going for a gentle walk, or throwing the ball for the dog.
Of course getting outside safely may mean that you have to use mobility aids such as a rollator or walking stick to compensate for a balance issue and prevent falls but research shows that it’s worth it. This may be particularly the case if you’re in open spaces or unfamiliar places. If you feel that you need more assistance to benefit from the fresh air and get outside you could always invest in a wheelchair or scooter – this may enable you to sit outside with family and friends or simply have a cup of tea in the sunshine. Of course you need to make sure you can get out of the house with it and get it into the car OK. You may need a ramp to help with this.
If you are feeling more adventurous and want to go further afield, in the car or on public transport there are many products which can make this easier for you and your family.
Have a soak
If you have tired muscles and painful joints it could help to have a soak in a warm bath to help soothe those aches. But if you're finding getting in and out of the tub is becoming increasingly difficult, there are many products which can help from steps to seats through to lifts which raise you up from the bottom of the bath. You may also want to consider your safety when you have a bath if getting around is becoming a little tricky. An alarm could help to give you peace of mind that you can get help if you need it. You may also want to leave the door unlocked so that someone can help you if needs be (put an engaged sign on the door if you don’t want the kids running in!). Also putting rails on the side of the bath and having slip resistant flooring in the bathroom could all help to keep you safe when in the bathroom.
If showering if more your thing but you're finding that standing to shower is tiring, there are shower chairs available to suit most types and size of cubicle. These are a handy way for you to be able to rest while you shower, so you don't have to spend long periods of time on your feet. Reaching toes or you back can be hard in the shower and so you could try long handled sponges or other long handled aids to help you out. It maybe that a walk in level access shower with a wall mounted seat or mobile shower chair is more your thing - they can be so stylish too.
For those days when painful hips or knees make getting on and off the toilet difficult, a simple Raised Toilet seat or a frame around the toilet may be all that needed to make this essential task easier.
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