Restricted mobility can become a real issue for people trying to live with arthritis. By mobility I mean when your illness impacts on the lower half of your body, affecting tasks like walking, sitting/standing and balance. You may not be able to walk distances or for long periods and stairs can become a real challenge. Even the type of seating may affect you going to certain places.
Isolation can become a big problem for those with restricted mobility. And it can stop a person getting out and about to do everyday tasks or just enjoy yourself. It is worthwhile being aware that isolation can lead to depression. Especially young people don’t like being a burden to others. Their life is no longer their own. Life has to be planned and it is very hard to be spontaneous. It can also lead to problems with self-esteem and self-worth.
Joint pain coupled with access and mobility issues in some people can lead to one questioning life. Dealing with everything might just be too much for some people to bare, especially if the arthritis or pain isn’t well controlled.
Restricted access to public transport, housing, shopping centres etc can be very frustrating and upsetting for many people.
- Not being able to get on the bus because it has steps. This applies to all public transport and taxis.
- Not being able to visit friends because their houses have stairs, etc.
- Not being able to access shops because of steps, narrow aisles, stock cluttering the aisle, no raised or comfortable seating (cafes restaurants) etc.
- Losing ones independence.
We as consumers need to make the community aware of our needs. Everyone, regardless of age, ability or disability have equal rights and we all have feelings. I personally won’t make purchases from any shops that I can’t or have trouble accessing. I will go somewhere that respects my rights as a person as far as choice. Everyone needs to be valued.