Month: April 2019

Who Cares About Disabled People?

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It takes a determined person to go the extra mile in order to take care of a disabled person. This is because the care demand from disabled people can really be numerous. Taking care of disabled people is demanding and challenging. The question now is, who cares about disabled people? Find the answer below.

So, who cares about disabled people? Usually, those who care about disabled people have a connection with them. The connection could be of any form. It could be as a loved one or as someone who feels emotionally connected to the disabled person. There are those who give care to people with disability as an obligation. This means they do it as a job. Some also care for disabled people as a social responsibility.

The truth, however, is that we all should find ourselves in one of these categories of caregivers. So long you are not physically challenged in any way, you should be able to give the needed care to any disabled person around you. Those who do this are called “caregiver”.

 

How Does The Society Care For Disabled People?

It is a social responsibility for everyone who is physically fit and stable to lend a helping hand to those who are physically challenged. We see this in our society, as systems are designed to assist persons with disability. For example, public buses are designed with a special way for disabled people to get on board.

Also, while they are on board there are special sits for them. This is just an example of the various systems designed for disabled people. You see it at shopping malls, city parks and gardens, subways and train stations, etc.

This is so they can also take benefit of the various social utilities. If while social infrastructures are been built, disabled people are put into consideration, then, it is only ethical for us, who are physically fit to lend a helping hand to the physically challenged.

What Are The Areas of Care For Disabled People?

As a caregiver, you would need to prepare your mind to function in any of these areas as the demand arises. You may need to give care with; Bathing, Dressing, Feeding, Cooking, Giving medicines, Keeping company: by listening, talking or reading to them.

Areas to care are numerous in number, and they can be more than listed above. Caregiving can also be specific. For example, some disabled people need to take medication very often.

The most important thing is to understand the need of the person you are caring for and be ready to offer the needed help. It is important to note that age is really not a barrier to be a caregiver. We have seen younger ones give care to disabled people. Once they know what to do, younger ones can also be of help.

What Do I Need To Care For A Disabled Person?

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What you need majorly is the will to do it. The truth is that it is very challenging to take up the burden of a caregiver. It takes a special kind of readiness of heart. While you offer yourself to care for a disabled person, you may find yourself feeling;

 

  • You do not have enough time for yourself: This is bound to happen because some of your time will be dedicated to the one you are caring for.
  • Eating little or Eating a lot: This happens when you sit all day with the one you care for. As a result of having nothing to do, you may begin to exhibit any of the characteristics.
  • Having sleep trouble or difficulty to get out of bed: If you spent a majority of the day sleeping. Only standing up to attend to the need of the one you care for, you may find yourself having trouble with sleeping at night. If you worked tirelessly all day, you may have difficulty with rising up from the bed. The thought of the day’s work may keep you in bed for long.
  • Angry at the one you are caring for: This is not in any way encouraged. However, because you are a human with emotion it can happen that you get angry at the person you are caring for. When you notice this is happening, you should get help.

Where Do You Get Help?

You can get help from family and friends, from neighbors, and so many others who are willing to help. They can stay with the disabled person while you take the time off. Most importantly, visit and talk to a doctor.

Doctors usually refer to caregivers as “hidden patients”. This is because getting stressed and exhausted comes with the responsibility of caregiving. Therefore, get help when you begin to notice any of the above mentioned. Getting help does not mean you have failed. It only means you are human. We sometimes need a shoulder to lean on.

Where Can You Get A Professional Help For Disabled People?

Caregiving is a job for some people. You hire them and provide the needed environment. They will take it up from there. Caregivers are either an individual or an agency. Individuals are independent caregivers, and you hire them individually.

There are also agencies into this. Depending on the agency, they can offer you individual services or group service. Individual services from agencies mean, you will contact the agency and they will send an individual who will do the job.

Group caregiving is another service rendered by an agency. Group caregiving usually takes place in the facility provided by the agency. You will, therefore, need to take the disabled person to the facility. There, you will find other disabled people. They will be taken care of in a group.

How Many People are Disabled in UK?

Disabled person is someone who has physical or mental condition that limits senses, movements and activities which has a substantial impact which limits activities in relation to education or employment. Disability is an impairment that may be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, physical, mental, sensory, or some combination of these. People with disability frequently has difficulties in carrying out day to day tasks, having a mental or physical impairment can be quite challenging so help is also essential.

Today, you may encounter a lot of people with disability. Some people thinks it’s part of life, some give them special treatment and some don’t give too much attention as they don’t want to pity the person or others just don’t really care at all. One billion people of the world’s population is experiencing some form of disability and according to studies disability prevalence is higher for developing countries.

How Many People are Disabled in UK?

According to research there are nearly 14 million disabled people in the UK which makes up 22% of the UK population.  8% of which are children, 19% are of working age adults and 45% are pension age adults. 20 % were born with disability and 80% of disabled people acquired disability later in life.

Disability really affects those who have low-income, unemployed or low-educated individuals. Vast numbers of disabled people continue to be excluded from many parts of society. Employment is one sector that disabled people are often unfairly excluded.

Some people treat disabled people as a social burden. Some are even avoiding them because “they don’t know” how to behave around them. Believe it or not, each day there are disability hate crimes reported in the UK.

When is a Person Considered to be Disabled?

  1. If they have a mental or physical impairment
  2. If the adverse effect is substantial and long-term (which means it has lasted for 12 months or is likely to last more than 12 months or for the rest of the person’s life).
  3. If the impairment has an adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities which must badly affect the following areas:
    1. Mobility
    2. Physical Coordination
    3. Speech, hearing or eyesight
    4. Manual dexterity
    5. Continence
    6. Ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects
    7. Memory or ability to concentrate, learn or understand
    8. Understanding of the risk of physical danger

How Do You Interact With Disabled People?

Below are some tips on how to deal with the disabled:

  1. Speak directly to the person
  2. Offer to shake hands
  3. Speak to people at eye level
  4. When offering assistance, wait for a response and instructions
  5. Don’t pretend to understand if you really don’t, listen attentively
  6. Don’t shout
  7. Identify yourself when speaking to a blind person
  8. Don’t touch, lean on or move a wheelchair without permission
  9. Treat adults as adults
  10. Speak as you would normally

Equality

People with disability would highly appreciate if they are spoken to normally, treated equally. Dealing with them should not be a burden, treat them as normal people. If we work together, we can build a society for all.

 

Why do Disabled People get Discriminated?

Discrimination is defined as the prejudicial or unjust treatment of different categories of people or things on the grounds of race, sex, age and today sadly it applies even to disabled people. This behavior is described as making a specific decision, conclusion or distinction on a person because of the group it belongs, the class or category to which the person is believed to belong. Nowadays even because of appearance, people get discriminated.

It is sad to know that people can be treated unfairly because of who they are, or because they possess certain characteristics, or because of their skin tone. It is hard to go to  a school where you get discriminated, same goes for your workplace. Imagine not being hired because you are disabled for example, how difficult that would be to find a job?

 

Why do Disabled People get Discriminated?

Disability discrimination is when a person has a disability is treated less favourably than a person without disability in the same circumstance.  It can happen through employment, education, renting or buying a house / unit, getting or using services such as banking, transportation, restaurant, shops, or even professional services.

Some people get disability discrimination indirectly, for example the only way to enter a movie house or any building is by a set of stairs because people with disabilities who use wheelchairs would be unable to enter the premise. Some disabled people will get directly be discriminated for example when applying for a job because the other candidate (who’s is not disabled) is more preferred to be the winning candidate.

People discriminate due to self centeredness, poisoned mindset and mainly because of lack of understanding. For other people it is easier to discriminate than to understand since understanding requires time, effort and learning. Some are also just mean and they feel superior to other people that’s why they tend to discriminate.

“Disability” Defined

Disability is a physical or mental condition that leads to limitation of a person’s movements, activities or senses. It includes psychiatric, intellectual, physical, sensory, neurological and learning disabilities. It is not just a health problem.

Disability is a complex phenomenon wherein the disabled person usually struggles in the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming difficulties faced by people with disabilities can be quite challenging since it involves environmental and social barriers.

Some examples of disability are physical disability, deaf or hearing impairment, vision impairment, mental health conditions, acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, or mental health conditions.

Types of Disability Discrimination

  • Direct Discrimination. Happens when someone is treated differently and not the same as other people because of disability.
  • Indirect Discrimination. Happens when a practice or procedure is applied (for example in a workplace) but disadvantages those who are disabled.
  • Harassment. Occurs when unwanted conduct related to a person’s disability causes humiliating, distressing, or offensive environment for that person.
  • Victimisation. Occurs when a disabled person is treated unfairly because they have made or supported a complaint about disability discrimination.

How Can You Help Stop Disability Discrimination?

Just because a person looks different doesn’t mean you can judge them right away. Do not treat people differently because they do not look the same as everyone else. Sharing awareness regarding disability discrimination is a great start but most of all, just treat each other the same as everyone else, don’t hate.