How to Help a Disabled Loved One Live More Independently

If you have a family member or friend that is disabled, you’ll likely want to know how you can help. It can be hard to know how to help if you have little to no experience with disabilities, but you must remember that it is even harder for them to live with the disability, so do the research and be proactive. The last thing they probably want is people feeling sorry for them all the time, so try to talk to them as you normally would rather than always acting pitiful. Here are some tips on how to help your loved one who is disabled to live more independently.

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  1. Instead of doing the shopping for them, you could offer to accompany them to the shop so they get the chance to be out of the house and have more of a choice on what to buy as they can see all the options available.
  2. Buy them some Mobility Aids from that would suit their needs and be useful. For example, if getting up the stairs is difficult, you can buy a stair lift.

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  1. Help them find new ways to do different everyday activities. For example, if they have poor eyesight, they could learn braille so they will be able to read again. Likewise, if their hearing has gone, they can learn sign language.
  2. Lastly, you could hire a support worker to work with them. A support worker’s job is to help vulnerable people live more independently, and they can also provide emotional support to family members.

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