Getting seriously injured or disabled, temporarily or otherwise, after an accident or incident can be an emotionally traumatic time and it can take a while to feel like you’re able to get control over your life again.
However, you do, indeed, have some level of control, and it’s important to use it to address the practicalities of life with the injury. Here are a few to start with.
Things to consider after an injury
Your work life
The first thing you should probably address is your financial situation. If you’re too sick to work, then you need to consider how long this will be the case.
Most employees in medium to large businesses are guaranteed unpaid sick leave, but that means you need to consider how you’re going to support yourself.
It may be worth looking into what benefits are available to you as soon as possible, as these can a while to process.
Your home life
Before you think about other environments, you need to think about how life in the home is going to change.
If you want to improve your ability to be independent, it may be time to think about what kinds of adaptations you need to make.
Accessible additions like handrails for the bathroom, types of wheelchair ramps, lifts for the stairs, and so on, can all be a major help. There may be financial assistance available to help you pay for these, too.
Getting out and about
Of course, you might be thinking about more than life inside your own four walls, but the question of mobility beyond the home is one that takes even more preparation.
For instance, you may want to consider using equipment such as a mobility scooter that can help you get from place to place. You should also think ahead, checking to see that any public places you intend to visit are accessible.
Your mental health
It’s no surprise that a lot of people grieve following an injury. The experience itself can be traumatic, and any lingering pain or disability can be very tough to cope with.
As such, if you haven’t taken the time to do so yet, it might be worth looking into some therapy. There is even online counseling that can make it a lot easier for those who may have trouble traveling away from their home on a regular basis.
It’s important for everyone to support and strengthen their health as best as possible, but when you’re living with a disability, it becomes even more crucial.
A healthy diet, a good sleeping routine, and exercise, most of all, is key. Not only can it improve your physical capabilities in the future, but it’s also an excellent tool for improving sleep and fighting off depressive moods.
It’s not easy to make decisions like those mentioned above, it can take careful thinking, not to mention financial investment. If you don’t have anyone who can help discuss these issues with you, you should consider looking at support groups online.