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Domestic Mobilty

It’s important that if you are less able or elderly that your surroundings are adapted to suit your needs and requirements. Your home environment can be adapted with a wide range of equipment from grab rails to wet rooms. If you have an occupational therapist they may come into your home and advise what sort of equipment will be needed to suit your individual needs.

Disabilities and living with them

Disabilities can vary in people and some people are born with diseases that may prevent their mobility from birth ( few examples Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Cystic Fibrosis).  Then for others they may be new to being disabled which might be due to an accident, developed with age or in due to an illness.  Disabilities and living with them means people can feel frightened, abandoned, loss, frustration and find themselves feeling lost and depending on others for help.  It can be hard and seem like the end of the world to many people if disability is sudden and people may struggle to adapt to a new life.  A Disability may not be a physical one, it maybe someone has developed a disease which attacks the brain (few examples Dementia, Alzheimer’s or brain cancer) where people will have to adapt also to a new lifestyle but will eventually need long term aid and equipment to help them.

Physical Effects

Most often people who suffer from physical disabilities feel frustration that they cannot do the activities they used to and generally getting around as they once used to. They find exercise a lot harder and having the motivation to do things a lot harder. They find they have to depend on others more and this could be in transport to get to places, around there home or even with their independence and daily routine such as getting dressed.

Life can be made easier for people by starting with their home environment and making adaptations to give them more quality of life and independence. Home aids for example if you are in a wheelchair can provide the person more independence. Ramps, widening doorways, wet rooms and grab rails which provide a safer environment.

Mental Effects

A person who is suffering from a mental disability will individually need or require one to one assistance and care throughout the day. Depending on how severe the disability is people can feel frustrated, angry, have low self-esteem and tend to feel depressed. It can be difficult for people to carry on working or general things such as grocery shopping can become a difficult task.

Emotional Effects

Frustration, Anger, No Confidence, negativity, resentment and depressed are just a few of the examples of emotions that a person with a disability can face. There are many support groups and charities out there that can give people the right support and information to help them. Sometimes just talking to someone about your feelings can be a great weight lifted. Meeting other people who are facing the same problems and overcoming them gives you strength.  There are many online forums now and groups that people can join and discuss the day to day things they are experiencing and recommending equipment or things they do. For example Facebook groups can help meeting people and talking to people.

Benefits and Employment

Depending on the severity of an illness or disability is to whether a person can work. Now there are so many government-backed schemes and opportunities encouraging people with disabilities into the workplace. You know longer need to feel threatened and vulnerable. There are many job opportunities that can give you help if needed to do the job you want to. Nothing is impossible.

If you are unable to work you due to disability or being a carer you can claim benefits such DLA (Disability Living Allowance) and if you are a carer and this prevents you from working you can claim Carers Allowance.

NHS. Councils and local Authorities

The NHS, local council and authorities provide and aid people with support groups, funding carers, physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, nursing, rest bite and care homes etc. They also can provide assessments to be carried out on your home for it to be funded and adapt to suit your requirements and needs.

Charities and Organisations

There are many charities and organisations in which will give people support, information and advice on things. They can help in many ways even if they offer support with Care or equipment. They can offer meetings, days out to different places and provide activities that may help your needs