October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. To recognise the importance of this day, we wanted to bring attention to the relationship between mobility and mental health.
When mobility is lessened due to ageing or a physical condition, the impact it has on the independence of the individual is known to take its toll on mental health. Aside from losing elements of independence, most products that have been developed to assist with accessibility are unattractive, clunky and carry with them the stigma of old age. Having these products associated with your lifestyle can have a damaging effect on self-esteem.
Although there is no one solution for mental health issues within the mobility community – there are steps that can be taken to drastically improve the lifestyle and mental health of those effected;
Power in Numbers
One of the main concerns with decreased mobility is the sense of isolation that comes with it. The subject of accessibility is rarely addressed within the media, so it can often feel like there’s little representation or understanding.
However, there are many groups and online forums that are dedicated to the communication and support of those living with limited mobility. Also, sporting teams and social groups created with accessibility in mind are more common now than ever before.
The sense of community and support that comes from participating in these groups and events can combat against feelings of isolation and massively improve mental health.
Until recently, products within the mobility industry have been focused on practicality over appearance. This has led to a majority of the options available to people being dull and unappealing as well as limiting in terms of home design.
We believe that the less able should have access to the same range of attractive and well-designed items within their home as anyone else. Having luxury items available within the accessibility market will remove the limitation and alienation associated with mobility products and help build self-esteem.
With that goal in mind, the Stiltz Home Lift was born back in 2010 – a modern and affordable alternative for travelling between floors when the stairs become too difficult. Our innovative solution has all the practicality needed without any of the stigma.