According to data from a 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on Disability and Functioning, over 16% of all American adults have some difficulty that limits their ability to function physically. This statistic includes over 18 million individuals who are unable to walk for even one quarter of one mile.
The Impact of Limited Mobility Goes Beyond Physical Challenges
Having a mobility issue impacts nearly every aspect of one’s life. In addition to losing the ability to perform routine daily tasks and self-care without assistance, limited mobility can make it difficult or impossible to participate in hobbies and other activities that once made life so enjoyable.
This loss often has a negative effect on mental health, and can impact one’ sense of self-worth and well-being. It’s not uncommon for the immobile to suffer from depression, anxiety or struggle with feelings of guilt and anger.
Living Life to the Fullest with a Physical Limitation
While living with a condition that limits mobility does bring significant change to one’s lifestyle, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the immobile can’t lead a full and happy life. There are adaptive aids that can make it easier for those with limited mobility to perform common tasks and continue to enjoy their favorite past-times.
Continue to Travel and Enjoy Nature
Mobility scooters, such as those made by Quingo Mobility can greatly improve the quality of life experienced by the immobile because they allow these individuals that chance to regain some autonomy and freedom by allowing them to get outside and enjoy their sunshine and fresh air found in nature. These scooters also make it easier to travel to unfamiliar locations, such as popular vacation destinations that the person had only dreamed of visiting before.
Take Steps to Maintain Independent Living
Special tools make it easier to get dressed without assistance. Others grab and retrieve items that are physically distant from the immobile and open them for them. Apps and other programs can be activated and controlled by voice or gesture making it easier to perform a host of common tasks, from sending and receiving email to ordering groceries and programming the cooking time for a meal using smart kitchen appliances.
Continue to Learn
Having a physical limitation does not have to be an insurmountable obstacle to developing a new skill, such as learning a new language or taking up a new hobby. Many public buildings are now handicapped accessible, and some community centers and institutions of learning offer programs and courses that are designed with the needs of the immobile in mind.
Additional Tips for Coping with Limitations
While scooters and other tools make it easier to remain independent and continue to participate in hobbies and activities that make it possible to enjoy life despite the challenges that come with a disability, there are additional strategies that can make it easier to cope and deal with limited mobility.
Ask for Help
Sometimes, there are challenges that are faced by the immobile that cannot be solved with an adaptive device. While it’s normal to want to remain as autonomous as possible, the disabled should not be afraid to ask for help with household chores from friends and family members.
If no one is available to provide assistance on an informal, but as needed basis, it’s a good idea to search for disability resources that can the immobile to get the assistance that they need to help them remain as mobile and independent as possible.
The Social Security Administration, local social services departments, hospitals, churches, schools, charities and associations often offer assistance to the immobile members of their community to help them continue to live independently.
Make a list of local resources that can help you with specific types of assistance, along with their contact information, before their help is needed. Even if a loved one is willing to help out, it’s a good idea to have a list of backup resources that can provide help in an emergency.
Connect, Talk and Share
Living with limited mobility can be difficult at times, but reaching out to others and sharing your frustrations and experiences can relieve the tension and stress and make it easier to cope. Consider attending a local support group so that you can express how you feel with others who are facing the same difficulties.
Many folks with limited mobility, and other disabilities, find it helpful to attend counseling sessions. This gives them an opportunity to air their emotions, express how they feel and learn additional coping methods for how to deal with the aggravation and stress that often come with coping with a significant health issue on a daily basis.