How to Help People with Mobility Issues
Many of us may know or care for someone with mobility issues and will have seen how wider society is not always equipped to support them. Understanding the most productive ways to help people with mobility-related disabilities, whether it’s supporting them to maintain their independence or with daily activities, can be beneficial for everyone.
From giving them a sense of independence to adapting furniture, there are various ways to assist people with mobility issues.
If you have the means to do so, replacing furniture or introducing adaptive elements can be helpful for day-to-day navigation around the home.
For many people who have limited mobility, using high-raised chairs and sofas is very beneficial. Most standard sofas and armchairs are low, making them more challenging to use due to less mobile joints and muscles. This is why high-sitting furniture is recommended and often found in various care environments.
Balance can also present a challenge for some. Rails around the house in necessary places like stairs and hallways can be useful for people with limited mobility that still enjoy and are able to move around.
For many individuals, knowing that there is support from the rails when they start to feel weak or unsteady can give them peace of mind as they know they have something that they can hold onto. Our accessible accommodation and facilities at Calvert Trust Exmoor, have a wide range of adaptive equipment available to make your stay with us more comfortable. You can find lots more information about our accessibility on our website.
Ramps and Stair Lifts
Many homes have steps up to the front and back doors, replacing these steps with ramps is brilliant for those with mobility difficulties and wheelchair users. Installing ramps can also help to facilitate independence.
It may be a practical idea to install a stair lift, this way individuals can safely get up stairs, with a lot more ease.
Brighten Up Dark Areas
A lot of homes have areas that don’t receive very much natural light. Making sure these areas as well as the rest of the house are well lit is very important for people’s safety. There are a range of ways to brighten up a space such as:
- Overhead lighting
- Table lamps
- Floor lamps
LEDs are great for saving energy in the long term, all whilst boosting the brightness of your home and making sure everyone can move around safely and comfortably.
Encouragement and Support
Some people who experience mobility issues may become disheartened when they feel they can’t do something that others can. With the right adaptive equipment, this is simply not the case and being encouraged and supported by loved ones can really help improve their motivation and confidence. Encouraging your loved one no matter their endeavours can make them feel supported and allows them to know that you are there for them when things get tough.
Encouraging anyone and standing by them when things get challenging can really help their mental health as well as physical activity, as it reduces stress and the feeling of loneliness.
Physical exercise is important for everyone, especially those who might not move around as often as others. There are many at-home activities that can be great for getting your loved one moving around the house as best as they can.
Here at Calvert Trust Exmoor we offer disabled friendly holidays in Devon which are great for people with mobility issues as we have many supportive staff who will help you with all of our fun, accessible activities, including:
And more! We believe that there should be no limit for anyone; our activities are wheelchair-friendly and provide a great opportunity for everyone to get involved. Something super special about our centre, is that our instructors stay with you through every adventure, get to know you and allow your experience to be tailored specifically for you.
If you think Calvert Trust Exmoor is the perfect place for you to enjoy a holiday packed full of fun, accessible activities for everyone to enjoy, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!