How to take care of people living with disabilities?

people with disability

Developmentally or intellectually disabled people have difficulty living independently, in school, and working. Individuals may need assistance cooking, banking, travelling, arranging social situations, visiting health care providers, and finding jobs.  

There are three intellectual or developmental disabilities most commonly known today: Down syndrome, autism, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Many families care for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The term child usually conjures up images of the young, but it can also refer to a sibling or a parent of a young child. 

Taking care of someone with a disability, whether children or adults, you may have trouble balancing your daily needs. You will find health and safety information on this site to help you and your family members stay healthy. 

 

Valuing the specially-abled members

 

The view that people with disabilities are a targeted audience and consumers is still progressive. Minorities represent the most significant portion of the global population but are underrepresented in marketing because we are the last to be considered.   

It is partly attributed to the fact that there is so much diversity within the disability community. Nevertheless, these consumers (and their families) still have enormous purchasing power. It is becoming more and more common to see models with disabilities in marketing and fashion commercials. However, this does not need to be a one-off but rather a norm. 

 

Jobs for people with disability

 

CNN Money states that a deficient number of disabled people are offered employment; that number counts as 1 out of 5 participants.  

As of the 1990s, the gap was less than $6,000. The disability community is still discriminated against at work. Many are turned down for jobs or denied a final interview. But when it comes down to it, employers need to see people, including people with disability, as assets instead of liabilities. 

 

Promote Social Inclusion in the Workplace

 

Beginning in the employment place, we need to change how we approach and treat persons with disabilities. The differences between them and us must be celebrated. Having people with disability and without disabilities learning side-by-side helps everybody appreciate their talents. The responsibility of bringing differences together rests with society as a whole. 

 

Humans are not limited to the non-disabled

 

We often see people in a single dimension and forget that they are complex beings with multiple perspectives. People tend to forget that their lives are more than an isolated environment that we see them in and that there are many aspects.

There are times when people fail to remember that a person with a disability is a human being, first and foremost with desires, talents, skills, heartbreak and loss just like everybody else. All human beings share the same characteristics, including those with disabilities. 

 

Make sure your tone and words are appropriate

 

Whenever you deal with a person with a disability, you don’t need to raise your voice unnecessarily or slow your speech. If their disability impacts their communication, be flexible and find out what works for them.  

 The word “disability” has a very negative history, so think twice before using terms like “the deaf and dumb” or “someone who is physically disabled.”. 

You should also avoid implying that someone with a disability is superhuman or exceptional. 

 

Maintaining the personal space of the NDIS participants

 

The personal space of someone who uses a mobility aid like a wheelchair, cane or walker can be seen as part of their own space. You should never begin pushing another person’s wheelchair without their permission first. Avoid touching, moving, or standing on mobility aids. Be safe when doing so. 

Families of disabled people must be flexible. 

Many participants with disabilities have family members who need special care or companionship. Many people with disabilities have a spouse who leaves the workplace so that they can care for their disabled spouse.  

Flexibility toward family needs develops positive attitudes at the workplace and reduces any compounded impact on the household and the province’s labor force. 

 

Reducing the financial strains 

 

After you have taken out this type of insurance, there are several products available to assist you in alleviating the financial burden of a disability.   

Approach for the NDIS funds to at least reduce the financial strain and to adequately accommodate the participants. For the NDIS fund eligibility, you can check here.  

 

Taking NDIS agency support

 

If you have a disability, you may feel entirely alone and misunderstood. It may lead to feeling isolated and withdrawing from others. Your mood and outlook will dramatically improve if you stay connected with others. 

It can be challenging physically and emotionally to take care of someone with a disability. There are many community resources available to help. 

 

Balancing the family relation

 

Older persons with disabilities can receive support from a variety of elderly care services, including: 

  • Occupational therapy, dietitian services, and physical therapy are allied health services. 
  • Caring for the elderly can be a challenging job, but respite care can give you a much-needed break and let you rest while they are looked after at home, in a community center, or an aged care facility. 
  • A disability management center provides products and equipment to assist people with disabilities in everyday living. 

Families with members with disabilities may need additional attention and care. Don’t forget to take time for each family member, taking into account their particular needs. For example, parents of children with disabilities need to spend time together and with their other children. 

 

Coping with the emergency challenges

 

Your care recipient’s personal information is contained in the emergency care plan. You can easily hand it over if you need to talk with a professional like a doctor or if you must take over in an emergency. 

Some people with disabilities sometimes display aggression and violence. These behaviors can be managed or prevented by learning methods. 

 

You should join a support group, where you can talk to others who are in a similar situation. In addition to keeping current with helpful information, creating a network can provide emotional support and even serve as a resource in times of emergency. 

 The kind of disability will determine what equipment might be helpful (such as computer software, hearing aids, and orthotic devices).  

You can find it challenging to take care of yourself when you’re busy taking care of others. You should find time to relax and stay fit for their sake and your own. Keep yourself healthy by finding a sense of purpose in an activity, hobby, or even support group.