Isolating at Home: Advice For Those With Limited Mobility
With self-isolation and social distancing being to phrases we’ve now come to know very well, people across the world are being urged to stay at home where possible especially if you are considered to be vulnerable. Following NHS and government guidelines is a must not only for your own safety but those around you and the prevention of COVID-19.
For some, the thought of staying at home is scary but staying at home doesn’t have to be boring, in fact, it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with your family and practice self-care. For those with mobility-related conditions, staying at home can come with additional challenges as getting out on your scooter or in your wheelchair can help so much when it comes to well-being. However, there are ways that you can adapt and make it easier to cope through isolation.
In this blog, we discuss some of the best top tips for coping during the lockdown, how you can stay safe and what you can do to pass the time. Read on to find out more.
Looking after your health
The most important thing you can do during this pandemic is to stay safe and look after your health. This means taking care of your physical and mental health. Despite being confined indoors, there are still lots of things you can do to protect your health and well-being, including:
You don’t need to deep clean your house every day to keep things sterile, but you do need to up your sanitary routines. You must keep on top of your personal hygiene, that means washing your hands regularly, using hand gel, and cleaning down touchpoints in your home. Think about how many things you touch every hour. Using antibacterial soap will kill any germs and prevent them from spreading to your face and mouth. If you do go outside, such as going to the shops to buy essential items, when you get home make sure you wash your hands as soon as you can.
If you rely on a stairlift to get to the bathroom or have mobility aids within the bathroom itself, don’t ignore repairs during this time. Here at A Mobility Shop, we will continue to attend to emergency call outs and our engineers have been given hand sanitiser, gloves and masks for our customers and their own safety. If you require a repair, get in touch today and find out how we can help.
When you’re stuck indoors it’s even more tempting to snack on biscuits, crisps and sweets and while we all deserve a treat, eating a balanced diet will keep you healthy. Being at home means we are all moving less and fewer calories are being burnt, however, diet can also affect your mood by making you feel sluggish. You don’t need to follow a particular diet, just include a variety of food groups and vitamin-enriched meals.
Now is also the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen and try out new recipes. You can find a whole range of recipes online that can be made using bit and bobs in your cupboard so nothing goes to waste. Eating properly is one of the best ways of keeping healthy, retaining energy levels and stabilising your mood. If you take regular medication, make sure you have arrangements for this to be collected or delivered if needed.
As well as eating well, being active is another important factor in staying healthy. Remember, even if you require the use of a wheelchair, walker or have limited mobility, you can still be active. If you usually keep active by going on walks or to the gym, for example, you can still continue this at home. Walking up and down the stairs or around your garden can help your muscles and joints stay flexible so you don’t experience aggravated symptoms.
Alternatively, why not order some hand weights online?
Depending on your strength and condition, you can stay active with low impact seated exercises that work the upper body. There are plenty of tutorials online that you can follow along to. Incorporating this into your daily routine is a great way of creating some structure and breaking up the day. Exercise also releases endorphins that make us feel good physically and mentally.
How to stay occupied
It’s one thing to have a weekend staying at home but isolation is another level. However, it’s important to stay positive and try to use the additional time at home for something good. Staying occupied can combat feelings of loneliness and of course help pass the time – who knows, you could find a new hobby that you love!
Make a to-do list
Making a list will help you create an agenda for the day or week, so you don’t spend all of your time sitting down watching TV. For some people, the action of ticking off tasks can give them a sense of accomplishment and make them feel a lot more positive. Think about all of the tasks you’ve been meaning to do but just haven’t had time for such as sorting through old clothes, organising your bookcase or tidying a certain room. Your checklist does not need to be filled with extravagant tasks even small simple ideas are just as effective.
Just because you can’t meet up with your family and friends doesn’t mean you can’t socialise. Make the most of video calling and set up a group call with all of your friends for a catch-up or quiz! Websites such as Zoom can host video calls with as many as 100 people and many gyms and fitness trainers have been using this platform to host online fitness classes that you can join in with, not just as a way of keeping fit but to socialise too. You must stay connected with your loved ones during these times and supporting each other is essential.
Take up a new hobby
If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try such as learning a new language, painting, blogging and a hobby you want to pick back up, what’s stopping you? With more free time you can immerse yourself in the enjoyable things you otherwise wouldn’t have time for. You can still order online, so why not invest in something that will help pass the time? Finding a new love can improve your outlook on the situation and the new skills you learn or the hobby you start can continue after lockdown is over.
A Mobility Shop: High-Quality mobility aids in Liverpool
We understand how important it is to stay safe during this time, so if you require mobility aids within your home A Mobility Shop can help. Our range of products is suitable for all needs, from affordable stairlifts to bathroom aids and personal care items our professional team will help you find something that suits your needs.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we’re proud to have helped hundreds of clients feel safe and comfortable in their homes and regain their confidence. With the right installations and mobility aids, you can reduce the risk of accidents and limit strain on your body too.
Get in touch with Liverpool’s best mobility shop today and find out more about our services.