Ending the Stigma Against Home Assistive Technologies

12:00am | | Tips and Advice

Life sometimes tosses a curveball. It can be difficult to embrace when circumstances change suddenly, particularly when it comes to your health or mobility. Fortunately, in today's day and age, with new technology—helpful advances assist individuals every day in and out of their residences. For those affected by disability or other challenges, scientific advancements have made it possible for people to live more independently and have more accessibility.  

Assistive technology in the home may have a significant effect on certain people's quality of life. Unfortunately, there are certain misconceptions of what using these innovations means. Changing the negative stigma related to home aids starts at home and will change your perception of them.  

Stigma is distinguished by (a) a negatively regarded feature (s). Stigmatization may result in social consequences or expectations. People also focus on the problems that an impairment can create or on the overall perception of disability. People with disabilities, on the other hand, are much more than some stereotype or preconceived idea. Many more people are affected by disability than many people know. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there could be more than one billion disabled people globally, adding that "disability is part of the human condition." Although other people's perspectives can be challenging to accept, disabilities are part of what makes humankind special. Allowing diversity can change the lives of millions of people.  

Home assistive devices include safety rails, stairs leading to houses, and hearing aids. When it comes to human mobility aids, the list could go on for pages. Home lifts, chairlifts, and stairlifts are also excellent mobility devices. People cannot always grasp or appreciate the meaning of ascending freely and descending the stairs. Stairlifts can be a vital tool in increasing user stability and providing lifesaving protection on dangerous staircases. With the help of stairlifts, many people may regain their independence and become more mobile.  

It is essential to learn about what a home assistive device can offer to your household. If you are suffering at home, social pressures shouldn't deter you from improving your life or the life of a loved one. It is vital to remove the shame associated with using supportive aids to enhance your ability to do things with a positive attitude. When you remove obstacles, people may expand their strengths and receive the assistance they need to live better lives.  

Here are several suggestions for encouraging people around you to seek help:  

- Use person-first words. When referring to those who have difficulties or are disabled, use affirmative words. You might refer to someone as a person who is deaf or a person who uses a wheelchair. However, when engaging with someone personally, they may want to be addressed differently.  

- Maintain an optimistic demeanor during interactions. You will help by encouraging and thinking positively about the decisions a loved one may make to improve overall safety and wellbeing.  

- Allow yourself to be open to new ideas and people. Surround yourself with people from all walks of life. Practice inclusiveness to find new understanding from others to achieve a more positive outlook on your wellbeing.  

- Take part in support groups. While everybody is unique in their way, it can be helpful to reach common ground with similar. Consult your doctor or check online to find a club near you.  

Acorn Stairlifts recognizes the significance of your health and safety. Adding an assistive home device can be difficult, but Acorn is here to help make difficult decisions. Installing a stairlift in your home will significantly increase your mobility while also putting your mind at ease.  

 

Sources:  

Parette, Phil & Scherer, Marcia. (2004). Assistive technology use and stigma. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities. 39. 217-226. 

World Health Organization. World Report on Disability. Available online: http://www.who.int/disabilities/ world_report/2011/en/ 

 


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