Ask Away...: Making Life A Little Easier When You Are Disabled

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Making Life A Little Easier When You Are Disabled






Living with a disability can be hard, frustrating and overwhelming at times. Some people adjust quickly, while for others it can take time to accept that life is going to be quite different from now on. Those who have had a disability all their life sometimes find it a little easier to cope as difficulties arise. But if you become disabled later in life it can be even harder to come to terms with living in a completely different way. But there are lots of things you can do make life a little easier. And there are also lots of resources, care and support networks that you can lean on when times feel extra tough. Today we’re going to look at a few things that will help you as you learn to cope with a disability.
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Adapting Your Home

 

If you have a disability, or you are older and become less mobile, you may want to consider adapting your home to suit your needs. Doorways and hallways can be widened so that a wheelchair can easily glide through. Light switches and door handles can be lowered if you are in a chair and need to reach these. If there are steps outside your property or in your home, special ramps can be installed for easy access. And bathrooms can also be adapted to enable you to maintain your independence. Getting yourself more organized at home will also make you feel confident. And if you do need your home adapting, you can ask an occupational therapist to come and visit. They will then be able to assess what needs to be done and give you more ideas on what you may have missed that will make life easier. Adapting your home can be an expensive project.  Make sure know of all the funding and resources that may be available to you. The Federal Housing Administration can help you buy and remodel a house if you have a disability, so do check to see if you are eligible.
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Legal Help

 

If you have recently become disabled and are trying to adapt to a new way of life it may be beneficial to consult a disability law firm. Getting help from a lawyer will enable you to find out if you are eligible for SSDI. This stands for Social Security Disability Insurance and is used for those who are no longer able to work. If you think that you have a case to make, legal representation takes the stress out of all the paperwork. It also gives you the added security of expert professionals in the field.
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Activity

 

Young or old, even if you have a disability, it doesn’t mean you can’t remain active. Disabledsportsusa.gov is a fantastic resource to use for ideas on all the sports you can partake in. They provide adaptive sports for the disabled. These include baseball, basketball, rowing, downhill skiing, soccer, wheelchair racing and so much more. Remaining active will build your confidence, give you more independence and up your fitness levels. There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet some great new friends along the way.

 




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