In the past, many facilities that offered care for people with high needs or severe disabilities had limited options for younger people. This can be very frustrating for younger people who have accidents or illnesses that mean that now they might struggle to maintain an independent household but still have social and emotional needs that suit more independent living. Here are some of the options for home care.
Staying at home with parents
If you can convert the family home to be disabled-access-friendly, one of the most affordable options is often for the young person to move back in with their parents. However, this can be hard if the parents cannot provide appropriate health support; for example, if they work full time or are not physically capable of doing some of the harder jobs such as lifting their adult child in and out of bed, or cleaning them. In this case it can be a good idea for the parents to use some home health care to supplement their own care to help with the medically technical tasks or physically arduous tasks.
Depending on the extent of the disabilities, another great option is to live in a supported shared-housing situation with support from health care workers and other supports. This is often a relatively affordable option and allows the residents to have the normal social experiences of being in a house with similarly aged children. These group living houses are also designed with disabled access in mind, including having easy access to cupboards and benchtops.
For people who are used to living alone, they may be eager to move back to (or stay in) their own home. This can require some initial renovations, such as widening doorways, lowering benches and lowing light switches and safety grab bars in toilets and bathrooms. Getting support with regular visits from a home health care worker can help to facilitate independent living by helping with tasks such as cleaning and cooking, as well as helping with medical tasks such as monitoring blood pressure or emptying colostomy bags. This suits people with relatively high-functioning disabilities who can still look after themselves most of the time.
If you or a loved one is a younger disabled person it's a great idea to get support from home health care workers. Home care can be a good way to ensure the person keeps up their social network and continues to have the ability to live as independently as possible. Click here for more info.
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