It has been a while since mankind faced a pandemic of such catastrophic effects. What started with a few cases in China has resulted in widespread lockdown across the globe, putting individuals at risk.
The part which makes the entire scenario even more critical is the fact that no cure has been discovered. Given the situation at hand, it is imperative that the focus remains on preventing the spread.
As the prevention of the spread requires strict disciplinary actions, the situation gets tough for people with limited abilities, worse than what most can imagine. the news only mentions about elderly and critically ill people being at risk, it is also disabled who come under the high-risk category.
Furthermore, a disabled or wheelchair-bound person has restricted mobility. They cannot do a lot of things as quickly as the average person would. For instance, going to the basin every time they come in contact with someone or some surface, to wash their hands isn’t as easy for them.
Also, given the fact that Coronavirus can remain on surfaces for days, further puts them at risk because washing the wheelchair every time they step out is close to impossible.
So, while the world is talking about what ordinary people should do, this one is specially for our wheelchair-bound friends.
- It is simple-
- avoid close contact,
- practice social distancing,
- stay indoors and only step out if necessary.
For a wheelchair-bound person, this could be tough since they need assistance every now and then. While one can be sure of being clean, the same cannot be said for the care-givers.
However, there is nothing to panic. Just follow the given steps and make sure that your care-giver strictly follows them too!
- Get your place disinfected, get the fogging done.
- Do not touch any foreign object and if you do, clean your hands thoroughly. Since going to the sink can be a problem, a makeshift arrangement of portable sinks will be helpful. If that is not possible, keep a pan handy to wash your hands. Replace the pan in a few hours.
- Keep an alcohol-based sanitizer containing above 60% of alcohol by your bedside. Ask your care-giver to sanitize themselves properly. Use a skincare lotion, if the frequent use of hand wash and sanitizer are making your skin dry.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nostrils & ears. Infections like Coronavirus cannot enter the human system through the skin so quickly. They need more porous paths such as the inner skin of your nose, mouth & eyes. Maintaining a distance of 5-6 feet from people and keeping your hands away from your face, the possibility of contracting the virus reduces drastically.
- Make sure to cover your mouth with a tissue while coughing or sneezing. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
- If you are bedridden, your immunity might be low. It wouldn’t harm to get your living room sanitized daily. All you need to do is put some Dettol in the cleaning water.
- When it comes to your wheelchair, clean it more than usual. Users of Manual wheelchair & people with other secondary complications should consider disinfecting surfaces they widely use – Push Rims, Wheelchair Tires & Armrests. (With Arcatron’s Ergonomically designed Shower Commode Wheelchairs, you could do it even more because they are just so easy to clean).
- Do NOT Panic. Things are under control If you are staying indoors and following the above-mentioned precautions. You will get through this pandemic unscratched!
Caregivers or attendants, the dependency during this outbreak can be worrisome for you. Especially, when you cannot self-quarantine to prevent the infection as you have committed to be an extra hand for a dependent person.
You are requested to reach out to state officials and find ways to reach the dependent. In such scenarios, medical services and related activities have been exempted from the lockdown, as permitted by the government officials.
- Wash your hands thoroughly every time you touch the patient, wheelchair cleaning or coming from outside.
- Do not believe Social Media Rumours. Make sure to get your #factcheck with Government of India’s official COVID-19 fact check twitter handle @PIBFactCheck
- Be extra cautious as you have an additional responsibility of taking care, of not just yourself but that of someone else too.
- If possible, take a day off. After all, you are susceptible to catching the virus.
We understand that you are struggling with a lot of activities like sanitary hygiene, showers & much more. During this rough period, Arcatron can help you with your daily activities with its range of rustproof and waterproof shower commode wheelchairs, as shown below. Take a look at the full range of products:
We hope that this puts things in perspective for you. If there is anything that we missed out or anything you would like to discuss with us, feel free to ping us and we will be there to help you!
Stay home, Stay safe!