Adaptions

Adaptions can be a great way of making your life easier, especially if you only have the use of one arm, whether that is on a permanent or temporary basis. There are a variety of different ‘gadgets’ available which can help to assist you with a variety of ‘normal’ and everyday tasks. With the right help and equipment there is no reason why you won’t be able to achieve a better quality of life.

Help at home

Adapting to life with one arm can be challenging, and you may feel as though you will lose a level of independence, but that does not have to be the case. Do Ability is a great site where you can purchase all kinds of different gadgets to help you. There is anything from special knifes to automatic can openers. These may also prove usual even if you just have reduced limb function.

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Getting back on the road

It may seem like with the loss on an arm, you will lose a lot of things you used to enjoy such as driving. But with the correct adaptions, there doesn’t have to be anything stopping you from getting back behind the wheel. Many people have no difficulty driving an automatic car after losing the use of one arm.

NI Direct provides a wealth of information in regards to driving with a disability; they will be able to advise you with how to approach the DVLA and other matters.

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Motor Bikes

Even motor bikes can be adapted so that they can be safely ridden with one arm. It may be expensive to get your motor suitably adapted, but it is well worth it.

Adaptions can be done in such a way that the changes are extremely subtle, and at a glance the motorbike will look completely normal.

http://www.1-handed.com/en – This is an excellent website which has been set up by someone who lost a hand in a serious accident. He has developed ways to adapt motor bikes so they can be used by one armed riders. In a lot of Brachial Plexus injuries, some motor function will be regained, but there may be a loss of strength and so adaptions might be necessary to get back on your bike safely.

Bicyles

Bicycles can be adapted relatively easily so that the brake handles are transferred to just one side. Cycling can be a great way of improving fitness levels, and staying active can really benefit your mental wellbeing too.

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