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I love being outdoors. What can I do to stay safe outside?

 

To make the outing safer, here are some things to plan ahead for:

  • Weather
  • Uneven surfaces including curbs
  •  Crowded places
  • Time needed to cross the street
  • How far you need to go
  • Wear non-slip low heeled shoes
  • Let someone know where you are going
  • Bring a mobile phone with you in case you get stuck

 

Try these tips to build up your confidence:

  • Walk with someone at first to get used to being outside
  • Work towards a goal
  • Pace yourself.  Start with small, easy steps and shorter distances.  Challenge yourself little by little to do more.
  • Plan ahead for places to sit and rest
  • Avoid busy areas if you do not feel ready
  • Avoid going outdoors during bad weather. Walk indoors in a mall instead.

Transport chair

If you cannot walk outside, try using a transport chair. It is a light, foldable wheelchair. It is easier to load into a car than a normal wheelchair.

Transport chairs do not have a special cushion or backrest.  But, it is okay to use these for a short time. 

 

Watch a video example of how to get in and out of the car safely:

Video credit: Stroke 4 Carers

Watch a video example of how to load a wheelchair into the care safely:

Video credit: Stroke 4 Carers

Watch a video about how to move a wheelchair up and down curbs:

Video credit: Stroke 4 Carers

Watch a video about exercise and mobility after stroke: