Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Holiday Activities for Those with Mobility Limitations

The festive season is around the corner and families all over the country are planning outings, shopping trips and all the other activities that the season demands and offers. It is a time for togetherness and letting go of solo pleasure in favor of activities with others. But not everyone can participate in them. Spare a thought for those who are dear to you who find it difficult to leave the home to be part of the fun. The reason may be old age, physical infirmities and disabilities, recovery from a major illness or surgery and so on. It is depressing for them to be stuck at home while others are out having fun.


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The Season for Companionship

If you have family members or friends who are stuck in the house, you probably make it a point to go and see them at this time of the year. While that is thoughtful and considerate and helps to fill the void that mobility limitation cause, is it really enough? They know all the fun they are missing by remaining at home while others are going out. Why not take them with you? It will really make a difference to them.


It Helps Them in So Many Ways

Those with permanent mobility problems may appear to have adjusted to their lives. But accepting limitations is not the same as being happy. Being left out can be depressing. The same is true of those who are recovering from medical problems that cause them to be temporarily immobile. There is light at the end of the tunnel – full recovery will allow them to resume their normal lives. But a long recovery can cause psychological problems that may slow down the return to health or even result in other medical problems. Being able to go out, even if only for a few occasions, can make a world of difference to the well being of all of these people.

How Can They Travel?

For those in good health; going out is a matter of jumping into a car and driving off. For those with health issues, car travel may not be possible. It may be unsafe or too uncomfortable for them. Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) offers a safe and convenient way for them to move out of the home and be a part of what is happening in the outside world. NEMT should not be confused with ambulance services. Those are meant for transporting people with serious health issues for medical treatment. NEMT is a service that offers specially equipped vehicles that are designed to carry those who cannot travel by normal means of transport to places they want or need to go. The drivers are specially trained to transport those with special needs.

What an NEMT Offers

You can book an NEMT vehicle to come to the mobility impaired person’s home at a given date and time. The driver will be able to provide the help the person may need to get in and out of the vehicle. The van will them carry the person to the destination and if required, stand by to carry them back home.

You can book an NEMT vehicle to come to the mobility impaired person’s home at a given date and time. The driver will be able to provide the help the person may need to get in and out of the vehicle. The van will them carry the person to the destination and if required, stand by to carry them back home.