The need to use a wheelchair can arise from an accident, illness or simply the deterioration of health as you grow older. Dealing with the change can be stressful due to the numerous adaptations your life will take: You will no longer have the mobility and freedom you used to enjoy. Getting used to your new life on wheels will be challenging, but these changes do not have to be negative.
Initially, many wheelchair users experience feelings of grief, loss, depression and anger. It’s important to have a strong support system around you to help you deal with these emotions. This will likely include family and friends, but you may also wish to seek services of a qualified counselor and occupational therapist.
You will also need to discuss plans for the future. Your new life on wheels may prevent you from continuing to work, and it’s important to find out what medical support you’ll have available to you, along with the expenses you will incur.
Once you’ve begun to understand your limitations, it’s time to set realistic goals to ensure you maintain a sense of freedom and independence. Experienced professionals will be able to advise you on methods to manage daily activities, as well as targets for future achievements. Your home may need to be fitted with mobility tools, such as ramps, and you may need access to a conversion van and walker. While tasks may be difficult at first, it’s important to stay positive and avoid isolating yourself from friends and activities you used to enjoy.
At Power Mobility & Lifts, we have been helping wheelchair users in Phoenix cope with all aspects of their life for more than 35 years. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding life in a wheelchair, review wheelchair, powerchair, & mobility scooter options with you, and/or provide you with further expert advice.