How to Support a Family Member with a Physical Disability
Most of us know someone who’s disabled because a staggering 19% (about 56.7 million people) of the world’s population has some sort of physical disability that stops them from being able to function naturally. Disability is relatively common it comes with various challenges. If you have a family member who is disabled, with little bit of knowledge you could be able to support your family member physically and emotionally.
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Pay Attention to the Little Things
It would be much easier if your family member were to be living with you. Because it’s crucial to keep an eye out to make sure they need physical or emotional assistance. You can’t really help anyone without knowing what they are going through and how they are going through it. It’s very important to understand how your member is going through it from an outside point of view in order to make sure they are on track.
Responding Appropriately When Assistance Is Requested
It is very important to watch yourself when responding to such a request. If you fail to respond appropriately your family member would find it uncomfortable to communicate with you regarding his needs. After all, they come to you for something he or she could have done it alone. Responding appropriately isn’t a difficult task, it’s all about the attention to detail; If your relative requests your assistance at any given point, regardless of the magnitude of the request, try to help them with it as soon as you can without bouncing the request off on other people.
Need for Special Equipment and Resources
Your relative might require special equipment that they don’t possess. In this case you should be able to make sure your relative is comfortable enough to ask for it from you. In this case, consider applying for grants from the government in order to make sure you’re financially stable. If your relative is a veteran it would be much easier to get this done. Make sure you are not obliged to spend money you don’t have. You can consider professional services such NDIS in order to guide you in this process.
Love and Compassion
One of the most important things to do for your disabled relative is to show them love and compassion and to make them feel comfortable regardless of the situation and to let them feel that their family is always there for them. Try to do things by going a little bit out of your way to make them feel just as important. For an example, surprise them with their favourite food item for dinner, or if you’re relative is immobile, the chances are that they don’t get to go out as much as you do, make arrangements to take them for a movie or a meal outside of home.
Always accept them for who they are. Don’t make them feel isolated or disliked because of their disability because no one ever chooses to be disabled.