Living with a disability at Christmas
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when family and friends come together and celebrate the spirit of the season. However, if you’re living with a disability at Christmas (whether long-term or short-term), visiting relatives can go from an easily organised break to a major logistical ordeal.
Similarly, if you’re hosting festivities this year which include a disabled guest, you may be wondering how to make their visit as easy and stress-free as possible.
No matter which category you fall into, planning ahead is essential to a smooth visit so here are some things you might want to think about.
If you’re living with a disability and visiting relatives
- Do you need support getting on and off the toilet? A folding toilet frame is easy to fit, and folds up to make it easy to transport or store.
- If you find it hard to turn taps by yourself, some push-on tap turners provide a lever so you can push or pull to turn taps on or off.
- It would be difficult to take a perching stool when visiting, but a folding perching stool will fit in the car or be easy to store for when it is needed.
- If a longer visit is arranged it may be necessary to be able to access the bath or shower. You could consider a bathboard (available in various lengths or adjustable) with an integral grab rail or a suction grab rail for securing to a tiled wall. A folding shower chair could be used in a shower cubicle.
- If you normally use a walking frame you may find it easier to take a folding walking frame to use for the duration of your visit (and which could be stored for future visits).
Being independent as a guest in someone else’s home will make the visit more enjoyable for both you and the host.
Remember, some of the suggested items could also be used in hotel rooms or other holiday venues.
If you’re hosting Christmas to include a guest living with a disability
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- May 13th 2020