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How Customized Wheelchairs Are a source of Motivation for the Disabled

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Many people fail to see that a physical disability is much more than that. It doesn’t impact the specific aspect of the person’s body but their mental state of well being as well.

According to research, an estimated 650 million people across the globe are said to have a disability from which an accounted 10% is required to make use of a wheelchair. In the US alone, there are 3.3 million wheelchair users with the numbers expected to rise. Instead of demoralizing those in wheelchairs, we should be coming up with creative ways and practical solutions to help them live their life to the fullest.

Here are a few ways customized wheelchairs can be helpful:

Enhanced Mobility

There is no denying that a wheelchair will surely increase the mobility factor for the person with a disability. Not only will it bring about that mental health satisfaction of having the freedom to move about but physical ease as well. It will motivate them not to undermine themselves based on any issues they had with moving about. For instance, something as basic as going to the toilet can be a bit of a hassle if the person is completely immobile. A customized wheelchair that could carry the person to the restroom and help with using the toilet would be ideal in such circumstances.

Boosting Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

A wheelchair that is customized to be battery powered and works with a joystick lever to move around has got to be a self-esteem booster for someone who couldn’t move around or was suffering through the embarrassment of having to maneuver by manually handling the wheelchair’s wheels. Many health care facilities should understand now that the basic wheelchair design is now outdated. They should instead invest in these electric wheelchairs that are battery powered and are easy to maneuver. Any equipment that has even the slightest tendency to impact a disable person’s mentality negatively should be discontinued. Instead, promote equipment that normalizes things for them instead of causing more embarrassment.  

Access to a Basic Community Lifestyle

You can stop being someone who would always hold back and stay in the background at family events and other community activities. Now you can actively join and not only participate but be at the forefront of every activity, event, or occasion happening around you. Not only will it make you feel good about yourself in general, but help you realize that you are no different from all those other people.

Recognition for Their Courage

Everyone deserves to be recognized for their bravery and courage to take life as it comes. We go through so much in our lifetime for student loan debts, to relationships, and then entering a professional lifestyle that we don’t take out enough time just to sit back and acknowledge how far we have come as a person. Motivating self-talk or listening to a motivational speaker who makes you realize these small yet meaningful things in life can be a game-changer. Not only would you be motivated to take on more challenges, but your disability would become secondary to all that you have achieved instead of being a hurdle.

Participation in Sports

An active lifestyle has already proven to be a great motivator. It is both beneficial for your physical as well as mental well being. And with so many sports now officially coming up with leagues designed for disabled people, it has become even more competitive and a great activity for people. If you have always been interested in sports but were held back by your disabilities, then it is not a hurdle anymore.

Additional Health Benefits

Customized wheelchairs are great for providing the rightful health benefits that the person with the disability might be lacking. Choose a wheelchair design that best fits your needs. Always have a say as to what you would like to have, whether it is a manually maneuvered wheelchair or a battery-operated one. Your choice shouldn’t be compromised based on somebody else having a better opinion. Make sure to consult your doctor for your progress and what equipment would be better for you and just go about with that.

An Overall Better Quality of Life

Lastly, anything that has been made as per your desires, needs, and demands will definitely give a better quality of life. Nobody should be pushed back just because they are different from us. Everybody has that unique sense of existence about themselves, and they are entitled to it. Thus, it obvious that a wheelchair made to fulfill your needs would free you from dependency, societal pressures, and demotivation and bring about a better sense of your life.

Author Bio: Claudia Jeffrey is a self-proclaimed Health Enthusiast and is currently working as a Research Analyst at Assignment Assistance, essay help providers in the UK. She conducts research based on new technological advancements made in health care services. For further reading regarding her expertise, you can check out her blogs, where she shares her opinions and interests.

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