At AIM we feel it vital for amputees to make others around you aware of your disability, there are many of ways to do this and here are a few tips below.
- YOUR PROSTHETIC LIMB(S) ARE PART OF YOU, MAKE PEOPLE SEE THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF YOUR APPEARANCE AND DON’T BE SCARED OF WHAT PEOPLE MAY THINK, 99% OF PEOPLE WILL BE LOOKING AT YOU WITH RESPECT.
- Some people find if you can show your prosthetic limb by wearing a pair of shorts or a skirt, this gives the public clear indication that you will not be as stable as the average person, it also shows that you are proud of your prosthetic limb (and so you should be).
- If you have a walking stick or crutch, you should always carry this in busy areas as this will also act as a deterrent for people getting too close to you as they will fear they could knock you over (or even fear you hitting them with your stick).
- Cosmetic coverings can be good and bad for your lifestyle and you should think everything through before spending money on expensive coverings. Realistic coverings can make you feel better and will certainly make your prosthetic limb(s) look better, as people are less likely to see you have a prosthetic limb and you will look exactly the way people expect you to look, but that is not best for all amputees everyday life, cosmetic coverings add quite a substantial amount of weight, also if you have an above knee prosthetic the cosmetic covering will effect the movement of the knee joint and reduce your mobility, and if people don’t realise you have a prosthetic limb they are less likely give you space or may even knock you over without realising. Please talk all the pro’s and con’s through with your prosthetist.
- If you are a right arm amputee, offer your left hand to greet people, they will be much happier to shake your left hand than not shake hands at all.
- Never fear trying to adapt situations to meet your own needs, you will almost always find a way to do anything you want to, although it might be different to how others perform the same task.
- If you find yourself struggling with a certain task or activity, don’t be shy and ask for assistance, this is not a weakness on your part it is way of learning an alternative method and you will most likely be able to complete that certain task or activity next time you try.