Do not let discomfort or lack of knowledge keep you from finding a good gift for the paralyzed person in your life. Despite this person's restricted mobility, be assured that a thoughtful, appropriate gift will be very much appreciated. Pay attention to the recipient's interests and personal situation to determine the very best gift.
A paralyzed person still needs to get out and about. Give him a swivel car seat and install it on the passenger's side of the car he rides in the most. Or, try installing a bar to help him get into and out of the car. Offset hinges modify a door so that it swings away from the door frame and makes it easier to get a wheelchair through. A set of light switch extenders makes it easier for a paralyzed person to turn on the lights from a seated position.
Wheelchair and Scooter Accessories
She spends her entire day in it, so her wheelchair or scooter should be as conveniently outfitted as possible. Get her an armrest pouch or a "saddle bag" for keeping odds and ends close at hand. Or, try a heated seat cushion for warmth during the winter months. You could also opt for the an umbrella that doubles as a sunshade or a double-fleece leg wrap for staying warm on the go.
He may not be able to walk, but he is still able to laugh. Take the recipient to a theater production or comedy club for the evening. He will enjoy getting dressed up and being among others. Alternately, send him on a vacation with a travel group for people with disabilities. "Kidnap" him for the day and treat him to a mini tour of your city. Explore museums, galleries and local attractions together, then treat him to dinner wherever he wishes.
Time and Services
A paralyzed person may not get many visitors beyond a nurse and a couple of close family members. Give generously of your time; it is a wonderful gift. Make a weekly date to take her out for coffee or to cook dinner together. Offer to mow her lawn once a month or hire a monthly maid service for her. Lend a helping hand to assist her in completing a task, such as rearranging her kitchen or living room furniture.
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