When we think of the holidays it all conjures up memories of grandeur for many of us. But when you have a physical disability the holidays can also be slightly stressful due to accessibility. Over the years, I have come up with a solution to this problem that works for me and I would like to take the time to share it with you.
As a child, I spent the holidays with my grandparents and their houses respectively, were not all that accessible. One had an extremely small narrow bathroom on the main floor. And the others house was in a valley which meant I had to walk from the driveway down a flight of stone steps just to get to the house.
As I got older and physically bigger moving from the car to the house in the Valley in the snow became increasingly a challenge, but nothing we can’t overcome with a little forethought and creativity. I have many memories of being pulled down the hill beside the steps on a toboggan. I feel like with a little ingenuity and patience most problems of physical limitations have a solution.
With the holidays just around the corner, the forethought that I mentioned above comes into play. If accessibility is an issue for you, and getting into people’s houses can be an issue for you as well, continue reading this post as I’m going to discuss the solution I have come up with.
If your house currently suits your needs, why not consider hosting your holiday festivities this year. This will allow you to stay in the environment that you are comfortable with, while not missing out on holiday festivities.
I hear what you are all thinking: “but Laura, all that work involved is stressful” yes, perhaps it is but doing it this way reduces the stress on one’s body and you don’t end up exhausted by the end of the evening.
It took me years to figure out in my own life that, it was a physically that it was less taxing on my body to stay in the environment that was set up for me over Christmas. This meant there was no traipsing out in the snow, which causes my muscles to be very tight. Especially in the winter I prefer to have events as opposed to attending events because it is easier on my body physically.
So if this is something of concern to you and you are able to host a small gathering it may be useful for you to do so because my experiences is that you will conserve your energy by hosting.
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