Understanding when you may need a wheelchair can be a tough, emotional decision. It may be a matter of aging, and not wanting to give up your independence. It may be a matter of a sudden life change having to do with an illness or injury that is tough to come to grips with. Whatever the case, below are four signs that it may be time to give up on a walker and use a wheelchair.
Signs You May Need a Wheelchair
Walking Causes Pain – Sometimes there’s no getting around the fact that walking, even short distances, can cause pain. It may be that physical therapy or medical treatments can ease your pain. Wheelchair usage can be temporary, too. But for as long as moving while on your feet causes pain, a wheelchair may be the way to get from point A to point B.
A Doctor’s Recommendation – It may be hard to hear and accept the reality that you’re just not able to move around on your feet anymore. Doctors typically err on the side of allowing people their freedom. So, if the doctor recommends a wheelchair, chances are there’s a reason for it.
Your Walker is Unhelpful – A walker still requires some level of mobility. If you have to routinely sit and rest with the walker, or if you find yourself falling more, it may be time to make the change to a wheelchair.
Depending on your situation, it may be possible to use the walker at home and the wheelchair while out and about. But if you’re routinely tripping and falling, the walker may no longer be sufficient alone as a mobility solution.
A New Illness or Injury – A new diagnosis can be a stressful and overwhelming time. If mobility is threatened, there may be medical treatments or physical therapy to help you remain active. But in some cases that may not be enough. If certain autoimmune conditions become serious, or there’s been a car accident or fall, it may be that a wheelchair becomes the best viable option.
Make Sure Your Home is Ready for a Transition
The transition to a wheelchair is a big step for anyone, and it can often be unexpected. It’s important to make sure that your home is wheelchair accessible. This includes the installation of wheelchair ramps and stairlifts where needed. Contact us today to find out what may be needed to make your home more accessible.