Supporting a Newly Disabled Relative

Many of us are guilty of assuming that people with disabilities have always had them. We see people in wheelchairs or with a walking stick, and we assume that they’ve always needed them. But, this isn’t the case at all. You never know what’s going to happen, and there are many reasons that people suddenly become disabled or develop issues with their mobility.

You may find that someone you love is suddenly disabled. They might have complications of an illness, or they could be involved in a life-changing accident. When this happens, it’s shocking. It’s hard to deal with your own feelings, and even harder to know how to help your loved one.

Help Them Find What They Need

Helping a newly disabled relative

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A life with a disability doesn’t have to be the terrible thing that we first fear. With the right help, disability can be overcome. But, finding that help isn’t always easy. Spend time looking at disability equipment suppliers for things that could help your loved one to lead their old life. But also look into any benefits that they might be entitled to or extra help at work. These things can be time-consuming, but they’ll be worth it in the end.

Another thing that your loved one may need is company. Disability can be lonely, and while your company is great, finding other people that understand them can help. Look for groups that they could join or even adaptive sports that will help them keep fit, boost their self-esteem and help them to make new friends.

Focus on the Positives

Your loved one might struggle to see the positives. Their life has changed unimaginably. Everything is going to be different from now on, and they’ll be focusing on everything that’s going to be hard. It’s your job to remind them of the positives. To show them that disability can be overcome, that they can still do everything that they want to, and that their life still has value. You might need to do your own research if you are going to convince them.

Watch Out for Depression

 

Many disabled people get depressed, especially if they spend a lot of time alone. Everything that you are doing will help, but it’s essential that you still know to look out for signs of depression. If you are worried, encourage them to see a doctor, or visit a doctor for advice yourself.

Make Plans for the Future

A newly disabled person will struggle to see a future. They’ll be very much focused and the here and now, and on getting through the next few weeks and learning to lead their new life. Making plans for the future can help to give them a future. Make plans together for a trip you want to take or a place that you want to visit. Book things if you can, and start proper planning.

Give Them Time

Adjusting to a disability is tough. It won’t happen overnight, and that’s fine. Be patient. Give them time and support for as long as they need it, but above all else, remember to be a friend. Don’t baby them, speak to them as you usually would, and try your best to have fun.

Feature Image – Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash

 

 

 

 

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