Charity walks allow people to walk a short or long distance to raise money for a good cause, and they can be a fun way for participants to help others while socializing and making new friends. Aging, being differently abled, or facing disease need not be reasons that keep you away from charity walks that you would enjoy. Here's how you can still participate with the help of mobility aids.
Talk to the Charity Walk Organizer
Before participating in a charity walk, you need to have a discussion with the event's organizer. Explain the challenges that you are likely to face and see what sort of accommodations, if any, are made to allow differently abled people to participate. Here are some questions you may want to ask:
- Do you welcome my participation given these challenges?
- Have you had differently abled participants in the past?
- What do you think will be the biggest problems I will face with the walk?
- Who should I contact if I do encounter a problem on the day of the race?
- What do you do to ensure that everyone stays safe during the walk?
- Will a scooter (or other mobility aids you need) be allowed on the day of the walk?
- What are your rules if I can't complete the walk on the day of the event?
- Do you offer any specific parking areas or other accommodations for those who need it?
Try Out All Mobility Aids Beforehand
Don't participate in a charity walk without first trying out the mobility aids you'll rely on to complete it. If you don't have major mobility issues, you may think that having the devices by your side can help but won't be necessary. When it comes to a long walk, you may need them more than you realize. Make sure that the mobility aids you plan to use serve their purpose.
If you are can walk but have mild to moderate balance problems, a rollator, which is also commonly referred to as a rolling walker, can be the perfect solution if the walking path is smooth. A rollator provides a great support for people who struggle with chronic pain since it can relieve some of the stress on the body.
Do a Trial Run
Before you commit to doing a walk for charity that is going to be strenuous, try to do at least a couple of trial runs where the walk will be taking place. Bring along a fully abled person and a cell phone in case you run into any issues. You need to make sure that your mobility aids can help with any obstacle that you'll encounter along the race.
Finally, keep in mind that the main thing is that you are enjoying yourself while joining with others to do a good thing. Never push yourself too hard and always stop if you are having a difficult time. Also, be sure to consult a doctor before participating in any charity walks or other strenuous exercise.
If you need mobility aids in your home, be sure to contact Twin City Stair Lifts.