Embracing Life in a Wheelchair: Tips for Independence and Mobility

Embracing Life in a Wheelchair: Tips for Independence and Mobility

Embracing Life in a Wheelchair: Tips for Independence and Mobility this Summer

Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) can present unique challenges, but it doesn't have to limit your independence or quality of life.1,2 Embracing the use of a wheelchair can open up new opportunities for mobility and freedom. In this blog, we'll explore tips and strategies for thriving while using a wheelchair, whether you're a new user or have been relying on one for years.

Maintain a Positive Mindset

Adjusting to life in a wheelchair can be emotionally challenging, but it's important to focus on what you can do rather than what you can't.3 Embrace your new reality with a positive attitude, and surround yourself with a supportive network of family, friends, and healthcare professionals who can encourage and motivate you.4

Prioritize Accessibility

Ensuring your living space is wheelchair-accessible is crucial for maintaining independence.5 Consider modifying your home with ramps, widened doorways, and accessible bathroom fixtures. When venturing out, research accessible public spaces, transportation options, and accommodations in advance.6

Explore Assistive Technologies

Take advantage of assistive technologies designed to enhance mobility and independence for wheelchair users.7 From specialized wheelchairs and mobility scooters to voice-activated devices and hands-free tools, these innovations can make daily tasks easier and more manageable.

Maintain Good Health

Staying physically active and practicing good self-care is essential for overall well-being.8 Consult with your healthcare team to develop an exercise routine tailored to your abilities and needs. Additionally, pay close attention to skin care, proper positioning, and pressure relief to prevent complications like pressure sores.9

Manage Bowel and Bladder Care

Individuals with MS may experience challenges with bowel and bladder control.10,11 Developing an effective routine for managing these needs can promote independence and prevent complications. Products like ENEMEEZ®, a mini enema that functions as a stool softening, hyper-osmotic laxative, can be invaluable for improving bowel care needs, especially for those with spinal cord injuries or diseases.

Seek Support and Connect with Others

Don't hesitate to reach out for support when needed.12 Join online communities or local support groups to connect with others navigating similar experiences. Sharing stories, advice, and encouragement can be incredibly empowering and helpful on your journey.13 

Embracing life in a wheelchair is a process, but with the right mindset, resources, and support, you can maintain your independence, mobility, and quality of life. Remember, your wheelchair is a tool for freedom, not a limitation. 14

Join the ENEMEEZ® Thrive Community!

The Thrive Community Facebook Group is a private space for any person with a disability, as well as caregivers and healthcare providers who touch their lives. Our purpose is to provide a safe, educational space for group members to ask every question, connect with their peers, and empower each other through communication and connection.

Our conversations are led by incredible individuals who themselves are living and thriving. For more enlightening resources, information, and discussion join the ENEMEEZ® Thrive Community today!


  1. https://www.brainline.org/article/living-life-wheelchair
  2. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Living-Well-With-MS/Diet-Exercise-Healthy-Behaviors/Mobility-and-Accessibility
  3. https://www.christopherreeve.org/living-with-paralysis/free-life-wheelchair
  4. https://www.msassociation.org/resources/safety-wellness/social-support/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK551642/
  6. https://www.accessiblego.com/
  7. https://www.disability.gov/resource/assistive-technology/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3929986/
  9. https://www.aans.org/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Pressure-Sores
  10. https://www.brainline.org/article/bladder-and-bowel-complications-after-tbi
  11. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Symptoms-Diagnosis/MS-Symptoms/Bowel-Disorders
  12. https://www.christopherreeve.org/living-with-paralysis/free-life-wheelchair
  13. https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/resources/seeking-support
  14. https://www.upmc.com/services/rehab/rehab-institutes/model-systems/resources/tbi/living-successfully