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?
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.