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How to Cope with a Loved One’s Unexpected Injury or Change in Mobility

Whether it is through an accident, illness, returning veterans, or old age, our mobility can change unexpectedly and without warning. When deterioration happens gradually, you may have time to adjust to bodily changes over time. But when something sudden and unfortunate happens, there is no adjustment period, and you must begin to adapt to these changes immediately.

In this article, we discuss positive ways to cope with a loved one’s unexpected injury or change in mobility and how products like wheelchair lifts can help.

Mobility and Home Arrangements

Kitchen appliances, bathrooms, stairs, and other parts of a home become a challenge when your mobility is compromised. To accommodate new needs, you may need to help your loved one rearrange parts of the house so that items can be more easily reached.

It’s important to de-clutter the home as much as possible to eliminate obstacles that could cause further injury. Entryways should be accessible, and furniture may need to be rearranged to allow more room for a wheelchair to pass through. Until you install long-term solutions, like wheelchair lifts, you may need to limit your loved one’s living space to only the first floor.

Modifications for Wheelchairs

The use of a wheelchair doesn’t have to stop everyday chores and activities, but some modifications may be needed. Whether your loved one is in a wheelchair temporarily or permanently following an unexpected injury or illness, there are many home modifications that you can make with an experienced contractor or handyman.

To make the bathroom accessible for your loved one in a wheelchair, walker, or on crutches, consider remodeling it to create wider doorways, install bathtub and shower grab bars, and adjust the toilet seat height. Sinks in both the bathroom and kitchen can be lowered to allow easier access, and wheelchair lifts and ramps can be installed to increase mobility and independence. Other areas that may need modification in the home are closets, faucets, laundry machines, and cabinets.

Gauging the Severity of the Disability

To best serve your loved one, it’s important to gauge the severity of the disability. Once you have a good assessment of the mobility limitations, you can begin to incorporate useful products into everyday life.

For example, stairlifts are great for people with some mobility but who have difficulty with stairs. While wheelchair lifts are well-suited for individuals who can no longer walk at all. With the right equipment around the house, your loved one may not need to leave a beloved home and relocate to somewhere else more unfamiliar.

At Dermer, we provide many different type of state-of-the-art lifts for individuals and their families in all 5 boroughs, as well as Nassau & Westchester County. We provide installation, maintenance, and service on all of our products, and we also provide product training for caregivers and family members so you can safely help your loved one adjust to mobility changes. To learn more or to get a free no-pressure, no-obligation estimate in your loved one’s home, contact our caring team of mobility specialists today.