Life in a wheelchair

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Lincoln7
Lincoln7 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
Good evening.
I have a physical disability and am coming to terms with the fact that i may be using a wheelchair in the future , im independant and live alone.
It would be helpful to find out what life is like if your unable to walk and use a wheelchair.
thanks.
Lincoln

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  • Lincoln7
    Lincoln7 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Good evening.
    I'm reaching out for some geninue assistance , I have a physical disability meaning im unable to walk freely , i use a walking frame all the time and there may be a time in the future where I need to use a wheelchair.
    It would be helpful to find out what life is like for wheelchair users and also what help and support is available , I'm independant and live alone.
    Thanks.
    Lincoln.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,908 Championing
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    Hello @Lincoln7

    Welcome to the community! :) Just to let you know, I popped your post into our aids, adaptations and equipment section of the forum, in the hopes more people will share their experiences :) 

    Can I ask, have the medical side signposted you to any organisation already? 
  • Lincoln7
    Lincoln7 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Hello , not yet no , im a new member here , thanks for asking.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,908 Championing
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    Hello @Lincoln7

    If you feel you need additional support around home, you can apply for a home assessment. They will come out and assess what equipment and adaptations can be made to your home to help. 

    The NHS website says:
    These changes can be small or big and include:
    • fitting a stairlift or a banister on the stairs
    • adding a bath lift, walk-in shower or a rail you hold to pull yourself out of the bath (grab rail)
    • widening doorways
    • lowering kitchen worktops
    • putting in an outdoor ramp or step rail
    • security, such as outside lights and intercom systems
    I'd also encourage you to speak to your GP about the possibility of needing a wheelchair and see what information they could give you :)