Five ways to improve your home life when you have a disability
Living with a disability can be challenging at times, but it definitely doesn’t have to prevent you from living a full life. If you have been trying to balance your family life and your medical appointments, while running a business or working full time, you know exactly what these hurdles are like. Or, if you’re home a lot and can’t work, you know how frustrating it can get. I like to think that having a disability just makes you creative when it comes to problem solving. So, I thought I’d share some small changes you can make that will make your (and your family’s) life easier!
1. Stop Feeling Guilty
The first thing you need to change is your attitude towards your disability. Easier said than done, believe me, I know. It’s not your fault that your body is the way that it is. Everyone has needs, yours just happen to be different. You need to stop feeling guilty about your disability. It’s easy to feel like you’re burdening others, but there’s no one on the planet who can do everything on their own. I mean, my mom can’t even use 80% of the features on her iPhone.
2. Study Your Medical Options
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First of all, I just want to acknowledge that this won’t be an option for everyone. I know that healthcare can be a touchy subject for a lot of people, and for good reason. However, if you’re unhappy with the care you’re getting, it might be time to get a second opinion and consult with an expert about your condition if you’re able to. What works for some people might not work for you. I know some people who rely on pain meds while others need things like massage therapy or physical therapy.
Weigh your options and do some research because you might discover a new course of action you hadn’t thought of before. For example, Dr Mark Johnson specializes in non-invasive treatments and chiropractic treatments, which can be great for those with chronic pain. When you’re disabled, you usually have to be your own advocate and always be on the lookout for new treatments.
3. Look into home modifications
If you’re looking for more independence at home, you might want to know that there are several government funds available for home adjustments and modifications. I’ve never gone through any of these programs, but it’s nice to know that they exist and it’s worth looking into! Simple home modifications for disabled people can improve your wellbeing and self-esteem, and make it much easier for you and your caregivers. A simple ramp or rails by the bath will make a lot of difference in your home life.
4. Get Help
Sometimes, you simply have to accept the fact that you cannot do something alone. If you don’t want to ask your family members, you can look into programs that can get you an aide or caregiver for a few hours a day. Most government programs have huge waiting lists, but it can’t hurt to try to get your name on the list! In the meantime, You can ask for advice on things like how to do the cleaning or adjust your home office layout to suit your needs better. The disabled community really looks out for each other and always has plenty of amazing suggestions!
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To feel better in your skin, you should start surrounding yourself with people who care about you and accept you. Disabled people often become isolated, as we get pretty used to being treated differently because of our medical conditions or appearances. Sometimes it’s just that we’re homebound and literally isolated from everyone we know, too!
It’s important to find ways to socialize. You can join a local club and hold meetings in your house. You could ever hold meetings over Skype if you’re ill or bed bound. Ever wanted to join a book club? Go for it! There are several volunteering opportunities for people with disabilities as well, and getting involved in your community is a great way to improve your social life.