Wheelchair grandparenting presents challenges, especially to the grandparents of an infant. A friend and stroke victim, wheelchair bound a good portion of the day is unable to use most of her Right side after a debilitating stroke. Experiencing the joy of her first grandchild, (a girl) some hurdles have arisen. With one usable arm, cradling her precious granddaughter has been a little tough. Her daughter has devised some inventive methods with the use of a Boppy or the nursing moms Breast Friend, allowing her mom to have the baby stabilized in her lap, freeing the use of her left hand to touch and cuddle her new grandchild.
This experience opened my eyes to other grandparents who are wheelchair bound. I started doing some nosing around the Internet for reference sites, and was surprised at the limited amount of articles, suggestions, etc. available to wheelchair bound grandparents.
The following posts I’ve found extremely helpful. Susan Adcox of the website About.com/Grandparenting has 4 very helpful posts on this topic. If you have any additional suggestions to share, please email them to me at Mimi@BoomerGrandparents.com, and I’ll add them to this post.
Helpful posts by Susan Adcox, of About.com:
- Fun With Grandchildren For Grandparents With Disabilities
- Learning From Grandparents With Disabilities
- Positive Practices For Grandparents With Disabilities
- Nanny and I, A Childrens Book About Disabilities