Living with and caring for the Home Life of Alaskans with Physical or Mental Disability has its daily challenges. Being able to receive care in the home is a wonderful comfort for individuals with disabilities and their families, but it is important to consider not just the person’s physical and medical care, but his or her psychological care as well, and ensure that the person maintains a high quality of life.
The following are a few ways to enhance daily life for a person with a disability:
- Make the home more accessible: We’ve discussed wheelchair safety in particular on the blog before, but it’s important to understand the daily needs of the person and make home modifications that will suit those needs. This may mean simple adjustments like lowering doorknobs for easier access, installing door levers that require less grip or strength to open, or installing grab bars in the bathrooms. These small adjustments make the home more livable for your loved one and allow him or her to feel more independent.
- Get social: If your loved one cannot drive himself or herself, it can be easy to feel stuck in the house. Make sure to plan regular outings, trips to museums, or visits with friends. Pets and animals can also provide a great sense of companionship and improve social and emotional wellbeing. Consider adopting a pet if your family is able to care for it or even volunteering at a local animal shelter if possible.
- Find the right hobbies and activities: Staying active physically and mentally is very important for a person’s psychological health. Contact your local recreation league to find out if they offer sports or classes for individuals with disabilities or encourage your loved one to enroll in an art or music class.
- Find ways your loved one can make a difference in others’ lives: Oftentimes, people with disabilities feel like they’re always the ones in need of help or assistance. Most would love to find ways in which they can be of assistance to others. Research volunteer programs in your area, such as homeless shelters, animal shelters, or after-school programs that may have opportunities for your loved one.
Emotional and psychological wellbeing is an important part of the care plan for people with disabilities. If you need help with your loved Alaskans with Physical or Mental Disability contact Genacta Home Care of Alaska, we strive to enhance the lives of all our clients and find fun and engaging activities that meet their needs and abilities. Contact our team to learn more about our in-home care services.