Improving Quality of Life for the Disabled

A disabled person has as much right to quality of life as a non-disabled person. However, their road to quality of life is not as simple. The world is designed to meet the needs of the non-disabled, making it a challenging place for a disabled person to be. 

Being disabled needn’t be a life sentence to a world of doom and gloom. There are many steps to take to make sure that a disabled person’s life is meaningful and happy. 

  1. Comfort

Physical disabilities cause a lot of pain and discomfort. For example, people who are paralyzed or immobilized are susceptible to bedsores and muscle spasms. These can be agonizing. 

Moving around can also be a challenge when you’re a wheelchair user. The steps up to the front door are difficult to negotiate, doorways are not wide enough, bathrooms are not big enough, and maneuvering around furniture is challenging. The kitchen counters are too high, electrical sockets are hard to reach, and a conventional bed might become inaccessible. 

Many conversions and adaptations are needed to make sure that a home is disabled friendly. When a disabled person feels capable of doing everyday tasks such as helping to prepare a meal, they feel valued. These renovations are costly, but they should be prioritized to make the home environment as comfortable as possible. 

  1. Inclusion

Being banished to one room of the house and unable to participate in everyday life is depressing. It can have a negative effect on disabled people who want to do as much as their bodies will allow them to. They need to feel included in the home and society.

Disabled people should be able to go out like their able-bodied counterparts. They should be able to drive, go to the store, or see a movie. They should be able to travel and see the places they’ve dreamed of. Regulations are in place to make sure that public places are set up to accommodate disabled people. 

Make excursions a pleasure by ensuring that all the necessary equipment is available. There are great travel wheelchairs available that are easier to maneuver than conventional ones.

  1. Medical treatment

Disabled people often need medical treatment, such as physical therapy or checkups by specialists. Their needs should be prioritized as the prescribed treatments make them more comfortable and keep them healthy.

Often, disabled people are not able to attend such appointments on their own. If they schedule them ahead of time, a family member or friend can plant to be available that day to assist.

Medical expenses spiral out of control quickly. It is essential to budget for them to avoid crippling debt. Take advantage of health insurance benefits as well as free services offered by local authorities. Saving a portion of the disability grant to cover medical expenses prevents the bills from piling up.

  1. Socialization

Getting out and about is important for disabled people. During these outings, they should be able to socialize with other people. A lot of people are uncomfortable being around disabled people. They might point, stare, or ask inappropriate questions. Don’t see this as a reason to retreat from the world. Instead, educate them about disabilities and how important it is to accept people for who they are.

Support groups are another way to socialize. It is comforting to meet others who face the same obstacles in life. Guiding and helping someone is often very therapeutic.

Regular outings become something a disabled person starts looking forward to. They remember the enjoyment of the excursion, and this can help them on days when they feel despondent.

About the Author
Rachel Brenner is a Professor of Jewish Studies. Her research focuses on Jewish Literature and has published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters.
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