Living Alone With a Disability

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People with disabilities can find adapting to living alone challenging. The type of modifications to lifestyle and routine will differ from person to person. However, it is possible to feel confident and comfortable with your disability when you have the best adaptations in place. Living well can be achieved in a number of ways. It starts with coming to terms with your situation as a person before you can adapt your lifestyle to what works for you. Seeking assistance and asking for help is also a great way to determine how adaptive measures can help. 


So if you’re living alone with a disability, take a look at some of the ways to make adjustments to your lifestyle to help improve your wellbeing. 


Install Assistive Technology 


A home should feel comfortable and safe for everyone. However, it can be easy to feel trapped in a property if it does not meet your needs and lifestyle. Installing technology to help with mobility is an excellent step to gaining independence and freedom within your home. There are numerous adaptations that can be made in all rooms, including:


Automatic Doors

Whether an individual requires wheelchair access or struggles with mobility, an automatic door provides a fantastic solution. Installing an automatic door opener for the disabled gives people the freedom to move around the home without needing to use handles or locks. Motion sensors or a control panel can power these doors for easy use. 


Automatic Lighting 


Flicking a switch is impossible for some people, so automatic lighting is a great alternative. Motion sensors pick up when someone is close and automatically illuminate an area inside or out. Smart lighting is another option and is controlled by voice activation on smart devices or via a smartphone. 


Smart Technology 


There are many types of innovative technology available, including light bulbs, heating controls, TV and music settings, and shower switches. These devices can be controlled by voice recognition and are often used with smart home devices to power everything from one place. These areas can also be switched on and off via a smartphone. 


Ramps and Leveled Areas


Wheelchair users require the same level or ramped access throughout the home to ensure every room is accessible. In newer properties, fewer modifications typically need to be made as they are constructed with more accessible features. However, if you have an older property, these may need to be installed to make the home more comfortable to live in. Being able to move freely throughout a property helps to improve confidence as every aspect of the house can be lived in.


Apps to Help With Routine


Alongside home technology and assistive gadgets to make the home accessible, apps can also help you manage your lifestyle. There are various apps that remind individuals to take medication, pay bills and organize social events. You can also use apps to monitor your finances and energy consumption to help manage money and wellbeing. Apps are a great way to complement any routine and give you greater independence.