Living With People With Physical Disabilities

Person with disabilitiyWhen caring for a physically challenged person, the everyday routine becomes irrevocably different. At this point, the caregiver must modify the environment to support the needs of a disabled person. Besides, most people with disabilities are prone to social isolation so as a caregiver, you must also think about the emotional needs of your loved one.

Taking care of the emotional needs

Above all else, be respectful. You must treat the physically challenged person with the similar respect you would anyone else. Do not make the mistake of talking down to the physically changed person. When speaking to them, don’t use pet names or child-like vocabulary.

Avoid using patronizing gestured such as patting them on the back of their head since these habits communicate that you don’t view them as an equal and capable human being.

Don’t attach labels

Derogatory names and labels are inappropriate and shouldn’t be used. Avoid using politically offensive language such as ‘he is deaf’ or ‘she is crippled’ and instead use ‘hearing impairment’ and ‘physically challenged'. Also, identify the person with their name and not by their disability.

House modifications to make

You will need to modify the house to accommodate challenges of the person living with a disability.

Doors- If your doors are too narrow, widen them to allow easy maneuvering of the wheelchair in and out of different rooms in the house.

Bathroom – the shower area can be quite hazardous. Transferring your loved one from the wheelchair to the bath tub can be tough. Walk-in bathtubs in Denver make the process much easier since they are designed in such a way that you can open the tub door and help the person inside without lifting them.

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Unlike the traditional versions of bathtubs, walk-in bathtubs are a particularly safer option for the physically challenged and senior citizens.

Other modifications in the bathroom will include modifying the toilet, the sink, and faucets.

This is not an exhaustive list of changes to be made in the house to accommodate a physically challenged person. Since physical disabilities are of different forms, it's important you identify the unique needs of your loved one and modify the house accordingly.

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