5 Ways to Enhance the Daily Life of a Person with a Disability
Living with a disability does not have to mean giving up personal independence. Home care agencies, like Genacta In-Home Care, work with people with disabilities on a daily basis, helping them maintain and enhance their independence at home. While the person may require some assistance from others for certain tasks, there are several strategies that families can use in order to improve disability care and promote independence, including:
- Understand when to assist and when to back off: Encouraging independence in daily tasks is important and can be difficult for family members who are eager to assist in whatever way they can. A well trained in-home caregiver understands when and how to gently encourage a “can-do” attitude.
- Ensure that the home is safe and maneuverable: Genacta In-Home Care provides a free in-home safety assessment for clients. Simple home modifications such as grab bars in the bathroom or more complex modifications such as lowering a counter for better wheelchair access can make daily activities safer as well as more comfortable.
- Use technology and assistive devices: There are hundreds of technology devices on the market today, such as medical alert pendants, sensor monitors, automatic pill reminders/dispensers, stair lifts, etc. that can help improve safety and mobility in the home for a loved one with a disability.
- Encourage hobbies: If the person is interested in classes or other activities outside of the home such as art, music, cooking, sports, etc. it is important to encourage those activities, within his or her physical limits.
Having strategies in place that promote independence and self-care can go a long way for both the person with the disability and the caregiver. If your family needs assistance with day-to-day personal care assistance for a loved one, Genacta In-Home Care of Alaska can help. Contact us to learn more about our home care services for persons with disabilities.