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When age or illness start to affect your mobility, it can be difficult to adjust. Coming to terms with a new condition or injury can be a shock to the system, and it can take time to accept it and adapt accordingly. Whether you’re dealing with sudden loss of mobility yourself, or know someone close to you who is, read on for tips and guidance.


Talk it out

Changes to our mobility can be frustrating for the individual. And dealing with a sudden loss of mobility altogether can hit hard.  But bottling things up out of pride only exacerbates these feelings. Reaching out and sharing how we really feel is often the first and most important step to seeking the right support. Trusted friends and family members are a great place to start, but if you don’t have access to one already, consider seeking a counsellor or therapist. Getting things off our chest can help us to make sense of our situation and help us come to terms with any challenges we might be facing. This can enable us to concentrate on the present, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying to much about the future.

 

Take care of your body

Our lifestyles are bound to change as our mobility fluctuates, but this is no reason to stop taking care of ourselves. If anything, a diagnosis or change is a chance to re-evaluate our current understanding of our health status. Care is just as important as treatment itself.

From balance issues to eyesight, regular check-ups to your GP are important, regardless of age or condition. Checking in on mobility issues is also the ideal time to get a wider health check too (things like dietary and blood tests, hearing checks and sight tests are often free, simply check with your current GP). When it comes to physical symptoms and changes in the body, an occupational therapist can also be endlessly useful for providing practical help and support.

 

Mobility aids and equipment

Mobility and autonomy is key to independent living. Changes to our mobility can affect our bodies in many ways, including our ability to move around freely and easily. When your mobility starts to becomes a concern, your environment is important. Consider having your home assessed by an occupational therapist in the first instance. OTs can assess whether you need any specialist equipment or adaptations to your home or workplace to help you to stay active and independent. From wet rooms and handrails to lifts and stairlifts, there are lots of options available.

If you’re thinking about the changing mobility needs of yourself or a loved one, then you might be considering updating your home with reliable and more permanent mobility aides, like a stairlift. If you or someone you know could benefit from regular use of a stairlift, get in touch to chat with the friendly Halton Stairlifts team today on 0800 644 7766. You can request a free Halton Stairlifts brochure at any time, or arrange your free no-obligation quote today.