Handling people with disabilities is not a walk in the park. It’s a full-time job that requires a lot of dedication and courage. To do it right, you would need to arm yourself with the right kind of knowledge. While it’s not a final say on the matter, here are a few tips for managing people with disabilities
Do your research
Find out about the disability the patient is having. All disabilities are not the same and all require different care methods. A person with a physical disability has varying needs from a person with a mental disability. Take your time to find out what are the triggers, any symptoms to take note of and what to avoid. This would help you in the longrun.
Try to communicate
Be direct in your communication. Do not ignore the patient. This is a wrong move to make as it would affect the patient’s self-esteem and confidence level. It doesn’t matter whether they respond to you or not. Just make sure to communicate with the patient. It would help in the long run especially if you would be regular with the patient.
Never make assumptions
This is important. Patients do not love assumptions. You must be certain all the time. That is why you must ask questions about everything and before taking any action. Don’t assume they need your help. This would make them think that can handle situations because they are valid. While they need your support, they want it when they want it and not otherwise. Giving it when it’s not demanded could feel demeaning, no matter how wonderful your intentions
Let them make decisions
The patient still has a mind and feels independent enough to make decisions. That is why you must not force your opinion or decision on them. Make them feel like they always have to veto every decision that must be taken per time. In this way, you would make them feel independent and also earn their trust quickly.
Treat them as normal as possible
One of the biggest sorrows that people with disabilities face is that they can no longer do the things they used to do with so much ease. This sometimes turns into insecurities. You must not add to this negative feeling, but help them overcome it. The way you can do this is to treat them as normally as possible; allow them to do some basic stuff for themselves. It doesn’t have to be anything too important. They just need to feel like they are doing something worthwhile. This is good for their development.
Call for professional help
These are just simple tips that could help you handle people with disabilities. However, this is not all there is to it. Should in case you need professional advice or services, do not hesitate to reach out to us at Asayish homecare and we would be more than willing to offer our services to you.