Caring for someone with a physical disability is a demanding role, even for the best of carers.
The primary focus for carers is to ensure that the person has the best quality of life through enhanced dignity, independence and freedom. According to Scope’s research team, there are 1.9 million disabled people in the UK. 45% of pensioners, 19% of working age adults and 8% of children suffer from some sort of disability.
The common types of physical disability in the UK:
• Cerebral Palsy
• Cystic Fibrosis
There are, however, many technical aids and support systems that are able to help disability users and carers through the process. We understand that each disability case comes with different requirements, so we’ve put together a list of common tips and information that can apply and help more than one case.
Many disability users suffer from limited or restricted mobility. Although this presents quite a few challenges, they can be overcome with specialist and tailored equipment such as wheelchairs, electric mobility scooters, powerchairs, rollators and more. These are used by users from both ends of the age spectrum – whether that’s 18 or 65. Their effectiveness and durability is of the most importance, and with ranges in the market today which are affordable and meet the needs of the disabled, they’re worth the investment to improve and help with mobility. These apply to people with temporary disabilities and permanent disabilities.
Depending on the severity of a person’s mobility, this contributes to what type of mobility aid is required and how much physical help from carers and peers they will need. Below are a few tips to help you decide what mobility aids you might require:
Wheelchairs – these can be used for short term and long term use, depending on the physical condition of the user.
Powerchairs – these are most commonly used for those who have very restrictive mobility. They provide an easy way for transportation and allow for more independence and freedom.
Rollators – you will find these amongst the elderly, however they are suited more towards those who are able to walk and have free movement, but just require a little bit of support.
A Support System
It’s incredibly essential that people with physical disabilities have a solid and stable support system surrounding them – this significantly helps them lead independent lives. A support system is known as a person or a group of people who are able to provide support in the form of physical or emotional. This could consist of completing tasks or just simply listening.
There will be physical and emotional challenges, especially for disabled users who require time to adjust. A strong and stable support system should be on the list of priorities in regards to caring for someone with a disability.
Preservation of Normal Life Style
An environment where disability users feels safe emotionally and physically is what should be adhered to at all times. It’s important to provide and assist the user in having a normal life, so you should encourage them to be independent as often as you can and to be reliant where necessary. By promoting freedom and dignity, it encourages positivity and also helps with the state of mind.
Care in the home is one of the main ways to preserve a normal lifestyle, where the disabled user is very used to their surroundings. In home care essentially provides a safer, hazard free environment.
Promote Independence and Freedom
By allowing disabled users to perform tasks where they do not need your assistance in, is a way of making them feel independent and it offers them a bit of freedom that has been lacking in areas of their life. Some disabled users feel helpless and a burden to others – although this can be quite common, it’s crucial to support them and guide them.
If you are a carer looking to enhance a disability users life with mobility equipment, be sure to take a look at one of our previous articles – the importance of mobility aids. Alternatively, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via our live chat, email or phone.