Adjustment Period Required for New Equipment

adjustment period for new equipment

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Like many, I don’t always enjoy the adjustment period required when you get new equipment. Adjusting to a new piece of equipment is sometimes overlooked.Even with a new wheelchair despite often having a trial period with a chair that is closely set up to the one you will be receiving. I find that there is often little nuances with the new chair and you won’t know about until you receive it that require getting used to on your part.

Something as simple as the change of weight in the frames can throw me off for a few days especially if the trial chair was heavier because it takes a bit of time to get used to not having to push as hard over carpet for example.

Anyone that wears glasses will understand the adjustment period. You know when you get a new pair of glasses and it takes you a day or two to adjust to them? I think it is safe to say that similar is true for when you are adjusting to new mobility equipment. Allow yourself a week or two and then of course things aren’t right then have reassessed but I always wait a week to allow the adjustment period.

To find it a challenge to adjust to new mobility equipment? What tips or suggestions do you have and do you use to overcome this period of adjustment? I’d be happy to hear your suggestions or feedback in the comments below. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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