People who are in a disadvantaged position due to their physical disability or infirmity, particularly those that are wheelchair users, the COVID-19 pandemic is posing to them unique set of challenges since wheelchairs are among the assistive aids or devices that are most often used in almost every part and corner of health care facilities and hospitals.
If you are a wheelchair user you will find the following tips and pointers invaluable and worthwhile. The best practices and recommendations we are presenting here are in line with the guidelines rolled out by the CDC. However, if there are pre-existing state, federal, and local government guidelines, make sure that you will not bypass them.
Besides giving your equipment the proper care that it needs, see to it also that you are taking care of yourself. To do this make it a habit to wash your hands for at least a good 20 seconds, before and right after cleaning your wheelchair. Observe this kind of routine also each time you arrive back at your home after being outside.
The wheelchair is probably not the first of mobility aids Melbourne products that will come to mind if you will think of someone in a hospital down with the coronavirus. But along with the hospital beds, oxygen masks, and ventilators, wheelchairs are among the disability equipment that offers crucial help when it comes to handling the coronavirus pandemic.
In the UK, even from the time that the outbreak began, wheelchairs are being supplied to around 30 hospital institutions by the British Red Cross up and around the country.
As can be gleaned upon the late-night newscast, coronavirus has inevitably become a catalyst of change, particularly in how the people of today especially those with disability are living their lives. Needless to say, social distancing and self-isolation are paramount during this time of the global situation. If you are a certified wheelchair user, here are some of the measures you need to observe.
Keep your wheelchair push rims, brakes, or any other accessories clean.
The easiest way to put a stop to the spread of the coronavirus is by washing the hands as often as possible for at least 20 seconds. But in the case of the wheelchair users, they are in constant contact with the rims of their wheelchair.
Thus, even if you are observing the suggested handwashing practice and you keep company
with your hand sanitizer all the time, but if you are not cleaning your wheelchair or any other mobility aid Melbourne product the proper way, then it is safe to assume that you are just putting bacteria and germs back on your hands. In that case, you are also exposing yourself to the risk of exposing yourself to the coronavirus. Our recommendation here is to take advantage of antibacterial wipes as opposed to just the use of rugs only. You can also couple this with the use of an antibacterial spray, and use it to wipe clean potential wheelchair sections that you are likely to touch with your hands most of the time.
You need to move and keep an active lifestyle.
All of us have been asked to remain inside the walls of our home. Going out right now is prohibited and limited as much as possible. This is the only effort the authorities are asking us as our contribution to this fight against the virus. Such community lockdown measures can create turmoil in the minds of many people.
But keeping your mind active all the time will significantly help in keeping one’s mental health in balance. This can be done wherever you are, whether you are lucky enough to have access to a Zen or Japanese garden or even if you are just remaining indoors.
Activities to Try During Quarantine
- Practice yoga discipline in a wheelchair. A handful of how-to videos for this can be referenced in Youtube.
- HIIT workout with any need for equipment.
- Dance. Never heard of wheelchair dancing before. Even if you are living a “sedentary” lifestyle, you can still strut your way to being active. Upbeat music videos for this purpose are available also on Youtube.
- Meditation. This activity may go in the opposite direction of our idea of what being active is all about, but time and again the medical community is attesting its invaluable help in improving an individual’s mental wellbeing.