Children always find ways to add joy to our lives. They also tend to be bursting with energy, so it can be hard to keep up. This may keep you from making the most of the time you have to spend together, especially when you have limited mobility. But don’t worry; you can still provide for your little ones and be part of their lives, even during playtime!
Whether you want to keep pace with a child, grandchild, niece or nephew, the proper mobility aids and interpersonal strategies can go a long way. Read on for some tips on how to care for children (and have fun with them, too!) when dealing with limited mobility.
Be Prepared Physically!
Be prepared. You probably heard this saying a lot as a kid, but it applies at any age. If you plan to spend time with a young family member, make sure you have all the mobility aids you need to sustain your energy and comfort throughout the day.
Canes can help you maintain your balance and stamina during long walks in the park or the woods. Seat canes give you the option to take a rest whenever you need it without worrying about whether there’s a bench or chair nearby.
Building up your stamina has its benefits when you want to care for a child and in many other facets of life. Focusing on cardiovascular health will come in handy when you have to walk with, lift, or help up a child.
Be Prepared Logistically!
When you spend time with or care for a child, always have a plan in place should you suddenly become incapable of keeping up with them. Think you might get tired and need some rest time? Talk to a friend or neighbor who can join you if needed and spend some time with your child, grandchild, or other relative while you recuperate.
If you carry a purse or a satchel, keep a first-aid kit on hand so you won’t have to move so quickly if bandages or disinfectants are needed.
It’s a gift to spend time with the children in your life. The right knowledge and preparedness can help you care for a child all on your own even if your mobility is less than 100%. Be sure to keep an eye on Medical Supply Depot for all your mobility needs!