Finding the perfect Christmas gift requires listening intently to the recipient’s wants and needs. This year, the social media team at Muscular Dystrophy News Today asked followers what would be on their wish lists to make their lives easier and more comfortable.
These recommendations are sure to put a smile on the face of the chronically ill or disabled warrior in your life.
The gift of mobility
Mobility aids and medical equipment are vital to maintaining quality of life and independence when living with a disease such as muscular dystrophy (MD). But the equipment often carries a steep price tag.
This Christmas, show someone how much you care by helping them pay for a mobility aid or medical device. It doesn’t have to be much. Any donation to provide those of us with chronic conditions a more fulfilling lifestyle is greatly appreciated.
Buying clothing for someone with a disability can be trickier than you might think. Some people have difficulties with buttons because of a lack of mobility in their hands. For others, the fit of the garment is the biggest concern because they sit in a wheelchair or wear leg braces.
For those who have trouble with shoes, Billy Footwear uses a zipper that goes along the outside and around the toe to eliminate the need for tying laces. The wide opening also makes the shoes easier to wear with braces.
Smartphones and tablets help folks like myself connect to the outside world. With the touch of a button or a voice command, we’re able to maintain relationships, work from home, and shop online without the added worries of discrimination, contagion, and inaccessibility.
The gift of technology is always appreciated. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Dragon Anywhere: This professional-grade mobile dictation app allows users to dictate documents of any length.
- Electric height-adjustable computer desk: This desk easily transitions from sitting to standing at the touch of a button.
- Smart LED light bulb: A light bulb that is compatible with Alexa, Siri, and Google Home means no more struggling to turn on a lamp.
A helping hand
It can be difficult to know how best to help someone with a chronic illness or disability. But it’s often the simplest acts of kindness that mean the most.
Cleaning the house is a low priority when trying to manage daily symptoms of MD. A subscription for a cleaning service would be a welcome solution.
A gift doesn’t have to cost more than a block of time. Many families with a disabled child or parent would welcome help with holiday cooking, or with putting up and taking down decorations.
Warm and cozy
Heat relieves pain, increases blood flow, and eases tense muscles. I recommend these products to ensure your loved one has the coziest winter yet:
- Heated mattress pad: A pad with dual controllers allows each partner to decide their comfort level.
- Wheelchair blanket: A fleece blanket with straps that attach to a chair is a good solution for keeping warm on the go.
- Fitted heating pad: A heating pad that drapes around the shoulders offers welcome relief from pain.
I hope these ideas inspire you as you tackle your gift list. May your holiday be merry and bright.
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