Are you a person with disability? Or do you have someone you love or somebody you know that has a disability? Yes or no, your response to this question depends on your situation, right? but disability is an unknown that may strike you personally or affect you in anyway there is. Disability may also happen as you aged, as they all say, “Disability will affect the lives of everyone at some point in their life”.
Then what do you do as a disabled person? What do we do – if perhaps we’re the affected family, or what if our partner has a disability, or what can we do as a community at large?
Coping with disability can be really hard, but there are ways to manage and accept the situation. The following are tips that I experienced myself as person with disability at a very young age. I hope this will be of help to you.
1. Grieving and acceptance – young people with disabilities like kids and adolescents will have difficult in understanding the roller coaster of emotion that will beset them as they grow into adulthood. Those who became disabled as an adult, may have more intense feelings of grief. Try to recognize that you are experiencing the stages of grieving process. Be aware of the emotions, be honest about what feelings and try to find people whom you can express yourself and support you with what you’re going through. The 5 stages of grieving are:
- Denial – this is the very first emotion that will attack us; “this should not be happening to me” will haunt the mind of a person in pain.
- Anger – why me? Someone has to be blamed, is it God? or the parents/love ones? or your own self that caused the disability?
- Bargaining – are you asking for a miracle? of healing, as you make promises to the Divine that you will be good.
- Depression – self pity and frustration are strong feelings that will play a huge part as you strive to move forward with your life.
- Acceptance – this can be in a form of resignation at first, but if you will open yourself to emotional healing, acceptance will truly come.
Get help and believe that you will survive and heal, even if you cannot see that at this very moment. A disabled person may end up on wheelchair for his entire life, but that does not mean he cannot enjoy life. If you are looking for a good wheelchair, we will be discussing later in this article how you can choose the best lightweight wheel chair in UK.
2. Be kind to yourself. When people tend to treat you badly, and in return you were not nice to them, don’t feel bad and beat yourself. It’s normal to be affected by annoying people. If possible, avoid them or if not, stay polite and respectful because by doing so you made them look like the obvious “obnoxious” people that they are.
3. Seek assistance from family members, caring friends and local community. And seek resources from government and non government organizations. Also try to learn to accept help graciously.
4. Think and act on what can be done. Take control of your life and remember the saying, “I have a Disability yes that’s true, but all that really means is I may have to take a slightly different path than you”.
5. Reach out to other community or groups of disabled people specially those with the same condition as you, because they can relate and understand better your struggle and frustrations than anyone.
6. Get a hobby that will channel your ill feelings and thoughts to something creative and will help you feel good at yourself.
7. Choose and strive to make the best of your situation. Focus on things that you can still do or still has the capability to manage properly, like for example your studies or career, relationship and family – or life in general. You can do it, there are ways and resources to achieve your goals.
You and I have disability, but do we have to stop living? We have to become stronger people, and move on. Helping others through something we have experienced is a wonderful way to facilitate our healing and bring good out of our situation. Don’t let your disability disabled your power to live a better life.
Have you already accepted your disability? When one door closes, many others are opened. Have you explored these opened doors? How far have you move on? I would love to hear your story too.
Choosing the right wheel chair in 2017
There are many kinds of manual wheelchairs available in the market today, including Ultra lightweight chairs, tilting wheelchairs, standing wheelchairs, heavy-duty wheelchairs, children’s wheelchairs and specialty chairs. You will need sufficient strength and movement in your arms to use a self-propelled wheelchair. The weight of the wheelchair is obviously important if you are intending to transport it by car and it can also effect how difficult the chair is to push. The Lightweight Manual Wheelchair is an immense upgrade, over a heavy wheelchair that can cause your condition to worsen and may also lead to further physical problems. Manual Wheelchairs are quite easy to push, have unlimited range, are simpler to maneuver and transport, and usually cost much less than power wheelchairs.
- If you aren’t able to manage this, you would be more suited to an attendant-propelled wheelchair, designed to be pushed from behind by another person.
- The lighter the frame the easier it will be to lift and therefore to put in to the car.
- In the last decade wheelchairs that are lightweight and foldable have become the norm in industry.
- These are typically all wheelchairs that are propelled with the help of an electric motor, it has a joystick / remote control that is used to control the directions and speed of the chair and does not need anyone to push it.There are also other form of powered mobility devices like the scooter.Wheelchairs or scooters come with four or three wheels and sometimes up to 6 wheels.
- It’s worth noting that most self-propelled wheelchairs will also have push-handles for times when extra help may be needed.
- It will also be easier to push the occupant as there will be less weight and the chair will be more manoeuverable.
Weight of the wheelchair
Ranging from 29-34 lbs., our series of lightweight wheelchairs covers a wide range of conditional needs and lifestyle options that may cater to you. If you are not strong enough or capable to propel the chair yourself, then you may opt for a transit chair. If propelling your wheelchair yourself is going to be an issue for you, we offer several alternatives. Whatever the weight of the user, the lighter the chair, the easier it will be for the person pushing it.
How will you use the power wheelchair, indoors, outdoors, or both? These are denoted by the smaller diameter wheels at the rear of the chair. Attendant-propelled manual wheelchairs feature smaller rear wheels to make pushing and manoeuvring the chair easier for the attendant. Whilst lightest is normally best, the cost of lightweight wheelchairs increases sharply. Will you need to transport the wheelchair? (If so, how often and in what type of vehicle?)What weight capacity will you need, standard or heavy-duty?
Self propelled vs Attendant propelled wheelchair
The smaller diameter rear wheels often make the chair more manoeuvrable, and make the chair easier to load into the boot of a car. For added assistance, the addition of a power pack turns your manual wheelchair into an electric wheelchair. Transport chairs are light-weight and have a collapsible frame and fold-down back to fit in a car trunk, or behind the seat. What seating style will you find most comfortable, captain’s, solid pan, or rehab? Your mobility needs will determine the type of wheelchair being recommended for you by either a physiotherapist or occupational therapist or in the case of recovery from surgery, your doctor.
These wheelchairs require a companion to push from behind, and are perfect to use on trip to the store, or doctor’s visit. Which legrest and armrest style might best meet your needs? If you need the wheelchair for occasional use, solely for travel to and from destinations, solely at school or work, only for use in an exercise program, or for social, sports and recreational purposes.you may consider a standard manual wheelchair on a rental basis. Light Weight wheelchairs are ideal for more frequent use or when users require special options. All wheelchairs come with a 1½” fabric or vinyl seat.
Manual vs electric wheelchair
Frame weights fall under 35 lbs; stock features include foldable frames, desk or full length armrests and removable swingaway footrests. To make you chair comfortable, or if you sit in your wheelchair more then 2 hours daily, we recommend you invest in a cushion. The lighter the wheel chair, the easier it is for a user to push uphill and the easier it is for a companion to lift up stairs or place in a car trunk. There are 3 types of cushions Comfort cushions: Foam or gel cushions, for comfort Positioning cushions: Contoured cushions allowing the user correct posture Preventative cushions: gel or air cushions helping the user prevent bed sores Choose a weight according to your personal needs and budget, while bearing in mind the advantage of a lighter weight wheel chair.
Batteries are one of the most important parts of a powered wheelchair. Some power chairs perform superbly outdoors, but are too bulky for indoor use. Travel electric wheelchairs feature a minimal seat by nature of the wheelchair’s compact size. Standard electric wheelchairs are those that don’t fall into the travel/folding category or into the heavy duty category but more of a mid or full size category. It is the main power source and needs to be chosen carefully.
Other power wheelchairs are compact enough to fit into the trunk of a large car, but are low on performance. A travel seat typically has a padded base, low-cut padded back, with flip-up armrests. These are generally a bit faster and more versatile, they aren’t really known to have extremely high weight capacities but certain models can go a long way like The P312 which is made by Merits Health that has a travel range of up to 18 miles. You will want to consider the maintenance requirements for the battery and if you will be capable of keeping up with maintaining the battery. Other electric wheelchairs can easily navigate indoors, but are unsuitable for heavy outdoor use.
The seat is contoured to help keep you in place, with a folding backrest for transportability, and the padded cover is usually removable for cleaning. If you feel that you can’t meet the requirement you can choose a battery that that does not require maintenance in order to work at its fullest capability. The main advantage of an electric wheelchair over the manual counterpart is that it requires very little effort to use and to control on the part of the user. For legrests, a foot platform is used, flipping up out of the way for transfers.