Supporting a loved one with a disability

If you have a loved one with a disability you will want to support them as best you can. Whether this is someone who is in and out of hospital for surgeries or somebody with a long term illness, it is crucial that they have a good support network to help them with daily activities but also so that they can have fun and enjoy themselves.

Days Out

One of the best ways to support a loved one with a disability is to take them for a day out from time to time. Often, people with disabilities do not get to enjoy days out exploring as they may be reliant on somebody else in terms of transportation and support. Wheelchair accessible vehicles from places like Allied Mobility can make transportation quick, safe and easy and eliminates the need to use public transportation. You can then take them wherever they please whether this is a zoo, a nearby city, a park or anywhere else.

Shopping

Leading on from this, if transportation and mobility is an issue then you could support them by taking them food shopping when they need it. This can of great help and it will ensure that they are able to eat a healthy and balanced diet. You could either take them shopping with you or if they are not up to it then they could create a list and you could pick up items for them.

Visiting in Hospital

If your friend is regularly in hospital or recovering from a surgery then they are sure to appreciate you going up to visit them as hospitals can be a lonely and scary place. It is a good idea to check with them beforehand and it is always nice to turn up with a gift and ask them if they need anything. Hospital food is famously not the best so turning up with their favourite snack can be a nice surprise. It is also helpful to see if there is anything that you can take care of while they are in hospital, such as looking after the kids or feeding their pets.

Emotional Support

Sometimes the best thing that you can do for someone with a disability is simply to provide emotional support. Disabilities can be frustrating and difficult to live with so it is always helpful to offer emotional support even if it is just listening to them vent.

Providing support to loved ones who have a disability is incredibly important and you should not shy away from it. It can be hard to know how to help sometimes but simply by offering to help them out, provide emotional support and still ensure that they can have fun you will be making a positive impact on their lives. 

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