Getting Out and About When Dealing with Illness or Disability

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Life doesn’t come to a halt just because you’re ill or disabled. You still need to get out and about, whether you’re attending a doctor’s appointment, visiting friends, going to work, or going traveling. However, getting out can become more difficult when you have additional needs that you need to pay attention to. It can make it harder to travel and you might have more things that you need to take with you. You might also feel nervous about being out in public for various reasons. While it can take a little more effort, there are things that you can do to make it more manageable.

Plan Journeys in Advance

Journeys can become difficult if you’re disabled or ill. Whether you’re driving, using public transport or getting around another way, your journey might take longer or be harder to navigate. One thing that can definitely help is being able to plan a journey in advance. It means you can check where you’re going and which places might be more or less accessible to you. Which railway stations don’t have any steps, or where can you stop when you’re driving and you need an accessible toilet? Planning everything can make you feel more at ease when you’re traveling.

Know What You Need to Take With You

Another thing that can help you is if you know what you need to take with you. You might even have a bag prepared that you take with you every time you go out. Do you need to have a list of emergency numbers? Should you pack a spare catheter or make sure you’re wearing your medical alert bracelet? If you have a checklist of things that you need, you can make sure that you have everything before you leave your home. A practical bag like a backpack can be handy if you have a lot of stuff.

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Arrange Accommodations and Adjustments

If you need any special help or accommodations while you’re out, it can be useful to arrange these in advance. It means that what you need will hopefully be in place when you need it. This could include a range of things, such as letting a restaurant know about your dietary needs or telling a train company that you need some assistance getting on and off the train. While you can’t always guarantee that everything will go smoothly, it sometimes helps to arrange things beforehand.

Form a Routine

When you have a regular journey that you make or activity that you do, creating a routine can help you to get used to it. Not only that, but it can also help you to make sure the accommodations that you need are in place. For example, if you regularly visit the same store, you will get used to visiting and the staff will also get to know you and how they can help you. The more you do something, and follow the same patterns, the easier it can become.

It can be tougher to get around when you’re disabled or have an illness, but you can also take steps to make it a little easier so you can continue with your life.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All thoughts are my own and no others. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

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