Staying safe and healthy during COVID-19 as a wheelchair user
So we are asked to wash our hands with soap and water, an easy thing to do, for most people contact with surfaces can be avoided and keeping a distance of 2 metres a fairly simple request for wheelchair users however there are obvious differences and difficulties following guidelines.
Wheelchair users are in constant contact with their wheelchair which in turn is in contact with the ground, transferring straight to your hands. Ok, you may be wearing gloves however the gloves have to come off so touching them is unavoidable.
It is recommended to use antibacterial spray and wiping down your wheelchair and any surfaces you have regular contact with.
Keep fit and mentally healthy
We have also been given the advice to take daily exercise, for most this is fairly easy but again wheelchair users in particular face extra difficulty particularly those at high risk.
There are ways to get some exercise at home.
There are videos on YouTube that you can watch for free, mini workouts for wheelchair users. Also perhaps take up some wheelchair yoga and meditation for mental and physical wellbeing, there are plenty of videos available on YouTube and support websites.
Here is a mini-workout we found from Ben Clark, Always consult your doctor if you are unsure if exercising in this way is suitable for you.