Whether it is yourself or a loved one, Living with a disability Can produce many challenges. The emotional and social effects of having a disability are considered secondary to the physical effects of living and dealing with a disability.
Depending on the disability that you, or a loved one has, you will need to learn techniques and strategies to cope and live life to the fullest.

Mobility and orientation:
If you have been diagnosed with a sensory impairment such as sight loss or hearing loss , You can get in touch with your local social services via your council who can direct you to the sensory team. From there an assessment will be done to ensure you get the right support you require.
Mobility and orientation skills are taught to those with sensory impairments, teaching you to manage day-to-day tasks such as cooking, cleaning and leaving your home, learning roots to places and navigating your local area with an aid such as a cane.

If it is A loved one that is dealing with a disability, social services can support you by teaching you how to guide them safely and affectively.
Support can also be given in the form of counselling, support groups and local charities to assist you and the person you care for through this transition.

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Choosing A Wheelchair

 

Not all disabilities require a wheelchair of course, but some do, and when it comes to choosing one it can be surprisingly difficult to find the right one. Anyone who has never had to shop for one before will be surprised with just how much there is involved in the process, and how much difference there is from one model to the next. Depending on the actual disability at hand, you might need a specific  wheelchair or a more generic one. Whatever it turns out to be, finding the best wheelchair A wheelchair needs to be suited to the persons lifestyle, home and disability itself. The NHS, in particular the occupational health team can assist you in measuring you for a wheelchair that suits your height, weight and potential limitations.

If it is your loved one that needs a wheelchair, and one that is not powered by electricity, you can support them by offering to push them in the wheelchair.
It’s best to remember that finding a sloping pavement it’s always best, if not then reversing your friend in a wheelchair down a kirb is safer than tipping them forwards, this way you are taking control of the wheelchair, balancing the weight and ensuring they are comfortable.
A wheelchair is also wider and extends further than you expect. Being aware of this as you turn corners or walk through crowds is helpful to your friends and people around you.

 

Managing Pain

 

Pain is going to be a major concern for most disabilities, and it is something which needs to be managed as well as possible. If you are wondering how best to manage the pain, it might be a good idea to speak to a doctor or other medical professional about it. If you have had your disability for awhile, you will know your pain points, limitations and what pain management works best for you. However, it’s always a good idea to check in annually with your doctor or consultant to see if any improvements or advancements in medicine has come to fruition that you may be able to try.

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Being Social

 

Having and maintaining a social life can sometimes be difficult when you have a disability, going out and spending time with people can lift your mood. Having a chronic illness and suffering from chronic pain such as arthritis or fibromyalgia can sometimes limit your ability to go out and socialise as much as you would like but your desire for those things does not simply disappear.
Being social helps with the emotional side of things, and makes life much more enjoyable.
If it is a friend or family member that lives with a disability such as fibromyalgia it is important to note that fatigue, brain fog and pain is part of their everyday life.
Understanding that they may forget to call you back, or cancel arrangements because they do not have the energy to participate this time round doesn’t mean that they don’t care for you and want to spend time with you, sometimes it’s a very delicate balancing act between finding the energy for everyday tasks and wanting to be social and active.
Calling once a week, popping in for a cuppa and a chat and generally letting them know you are still there helps them feel included.

1 comment on “The Practical Side To Dealing With Disability”

  1. II have MS with its many facets and am a paraplegic. The same rule about assisting a person who is visually impaired applies to assisting wheelies. Please ask if assistance is needed. Usually it’s not.
    Great blog, thank you.

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