Transitioning to Using a Wheelchair or Mobility Device

When transitioning to a wheelchair or mobility device, people face a myriad of uncertainties and emotions. For many, the reliance on a wheelchair can bring feelings of inadequacy and inability to participate in tasks they were previously able to do, and brings up the stigma of being visibly disabled. Here, the home care providers at Avila Home Care discuss the challenges that arise when transitioning to a wheelchair, as well as the long term benefits that can come from making that transition.

 

A Wheelchair Does Not Come Without Hesitation

There is still a societal stigma around the use of wheelchairs, and this is the biggest hesitation that many elderly adults face. With the societal verbiage of being “confined” or “bound” to a wheelchair, the idea of losing freedom, feeling confined, and the inability to participate in activities that were previously a large part of their lives leaves many feeling distressed and dejected. While transitioning to a wheelchair or mobility device does bring a lifestyle change, this does not mean that it should be limiting.

 

A Wheelchair Does Not Mean Dependence

The primary stages of transitioning into a wheelchair or mobility device is a shock to the system. New ways to move and maneuver, and re-learning tasks done previously from outside a wheelchair will take time to get used to. However, it is important to think of this as an alteration to daily life rather than a hindrance. By looking for resources and community, as well as setting goals for themselves, elderly individuals can make the most out of their new days. As the weeks go by, the transition will continue to become easier, and with knowledge and understanding, wheelchair life will become the new normal for the individual.

 

A Wheelchair Can Bring Liberation

While the negative connotation of being “disabled” by a wheelchair still exists, the stigma is quickly diminishing. It can be hard to let go of the antiquated ideas associated with being wheelchair-bound, but changing those statements to a positive mindset can ultimately bring liberation. Better mobility, ease of pain, and the determination to achieve new goals in a mobility device will make day-to-day life much easier, and more enjoyable. While the decision can be quite difficult, the long term benefits of transitioning to a wheelchair will surely outweigh the challenges. Seeing that transitioning to a wheelchair does not mean an ultimate loss to independence is rewarding for many elderly individuals, and can bring joy in new activities that they were previously unable to do.

 

Discuss Your Options With a Home Care Specialist at Avila Home Care

Despite the resistance in transitioning to a wheelchair or mobility device, you should consult with your physician to figure out the best course of action for a healthy, safe, and productive lifestyle. No matter how difficult the transition may be, do not hesitate to reach out. Family, friends, and caregivers at Avila Home Care are here to make that transition as smooth as possible. To learn more about how your loved one in need can receive dedicated care from our home care providers, contact Avila Home Care today.

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