Living Independently and Safely in a Wheelchair

If you live alone and use a wheelchair for mobility purposes, your family will worry about your safety. They fear you won’t ask for help when you need it or you might not be able to call for help if you fall or get injured. There are a few things you can do to put their minds at ease while living independently. 

Subscribe to an Alert System

A subscription to an alert system is one of the best ways to guarantee that a loved one is not left alone. Some companies offer burglar systems that will alert the police if there is a break in or the emergency services if there is a fire. There is also an additional subscription option to have the paramedics come to your house if you get injured. You will have a button handy in case you fall or get ill and the company will send an ambulance immediately. Your loved ones can rest assured that you will never be alone with a set up like this.

Get a Manual Wheelchair

If you are having mobility problems, a manual wheelchair would be a good investment. You can easily get around your home without having to worry about falling or getting injured. You can also easily perform your usual daily household tasks without overexerting yourself. Manual wheelchairs are not expensive and are simple to use. You can maintain your independence and only use it when required.

Make Friends with the Neighbors

Get to know your neighbors, irrespective of their age. Let them know your daily routine and be sure to give them your family’s contact details. This way, if they see anything out of the norm, they can quickly contact your loved ones. Getting involved in neighborhood activities will help you become more familiar with your surroundings and your neighbors. If you are living on your own, the more people that are keeping an eye out for you, the more comfortable and at ease your loved ones will feel.

There isn’t any reason why you can’t live on your own while using a wheelchair if you don’t have health problems that require you live in an assisted living environment. Taking these steps will minimize the worry of your family members while allowing you to live independently.

 

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