Independent Life of Disabled
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Approximately, one in five adults in the world is disabled and many of them live alone. Is it hard? It’s more than difficult, but with the right facilities, equipment and support, leading a happy and fulfilled life with learning or physical disability is possible. If you want to live an independent life, it’s more achievable than it was before.
First of all, let’s make it clear. If you choose to live your life independently, it doesn’t mean that your family and friends are not important. Also, independent life doesn’t exclude the support from social services. Even people without disabilities need support from family and friends in cases of emergency or just for company.
What will you need in your home if you decide to live independently? Suitable home is the first and, in my opinion, the most important step. Is your living environment adequate for your needs? Usually, a house or a flat needs several adjustments before disabled people could live in it. Your local social services should offer you help in adjusting your home to meet your needs. Occupational therapists might instruct you on the various types of necessary equipment, independent living aids for disabled etc. Aids and equipment available on the market are diverse and sometimes people find it hard to choose what’s right for them. Your social service should conduct a social care and health assessment to help you make the right choice and establish your specific needs.
Social care services can even offer you a financial support to adapt your house in order to get more freedom of moving around and they can provide you essential facilities. What might be included? Installing ramps, widening doors, providing a downstairs toilet or installment of a stair-lift, adapting lightning and heating controls to make them more convenient to use, providing and improving a heating system etc.