Whether you’re personally dealing with a disability or supporting a loved one who is facing this challenge for the first time, the initial uncertainty and confusion about the process can be overwhelming. However, there are now numerous resources and strategies available to assist in adjusting to new limitations and fostering a fulfilling and enriching life.
The four-step process
Step one: Give yourself time
Adapting to life with a disability is a process that requires time, and it’s natural to experience a period of grieving. It’s crucial to treat yourself, or your loved one, with kindness during this phase, as it’s an integral part of the healing journey. Expect a range of emotions, where one day you may feel motivated, while on another, you might feel down. Seek support from your family and friends and remember that there’s no need to put on a brave front for their sake.
Step two: Focus on the things you can do
We’re lucky to live in a time that’s becoming more and more accessible to people with disabilities. Take advantage of the various tools and aids, like wheelchairs and canes, to make your life easier. These resources empower you to lead a more independent and fulfilling life, ensuring you can participate fully in all that life has to offer.
Step three: Join a disability support group
Discovering a supportive community is among the crucial steps when you’re new to living with a disability. This connection not only provides you with a valuable support network of individuals who understand the challenges you’re facing but also broadens your horizons, opening doors to new opportunities. Learning from those who have shared experiences can be a motivating and enlightening way to navigate this new chapter in your life.
Step four: Get educated
The Disability Gateway has information and services to help people with disability, their family, friends and carers, to find the support they need in Australia.
On this site you’ll get access to information on:
- Income and financial support
- Training and help to find a job
- Technology to make your everyday activities easier
- Programs and information to help you find a home to suit you
- Help with transport
- Support and services for your health and wellbeing
- Help with the things you need to do every day
- Access to educational opportunities at all stages of life
- Access to sport, recreation, travel and tourism
- Help with discrimination or legal problems.
Support for loved ones and carers
Supporting someone with a disability is a whole new experience for loved ones and carers. The Queensland Government site will help you navigate this and answer any questions you might have throughout the process. The more educated you are on what help is out there, the better you will be able to cope with the changes and challenges.
If you’re new to disability, give yourself time, and then educate yourself as much as possible on ways you can make your life easier. These days, there are many ways to help you live your life as rich as possible, and a huge community of support is available to you.
We Specialise In Everything Mobility
At Equip U, we see a disability as a possibility and have made it our mission to go above and beyond the standard offerings from other retailers.
Our point of difference is that we don’t just stock mobility scooters and other accessories, but we also offer in-home trials to residents who live in Queensland and offer maintenance and servicing for any mobility products. We believe that access to this shouldn’t be limited based on where you live, and being NDIS registered, we can provide funding options as well.
Ultimately, it’s our mission to work with you to bring your vision for improved mobility to life. Should you have any queries about the types of products we offer or how they work, or would like to schedule a free at home product demonstration, please get in touch with us today.