Life can be hard enough with a physical impairment, but if you are the person supporting another who is physically impaired, life can feel impossible. Thankfully, times have moved on to accept those with disabilities both mental and physical, meaning that certain situations are now easier than ever. Supporting a relative with a disability is not an easy feat. It’s also something that some would consider to be admirable, where you may just consider it to be human. Carers need just as much support, as caring for someone with a physical disability can be exhausting.

Financially, there is help available for those who are supporting a relative and if your relative hasn’t contacted a paralysis injury attorney, then they should. The financial burden doesn’t have to be so heavy and consulting an attorney can make a big difference. Mentally, carers need as much support as they can get so they can effectively do their job with the person they are helping. Your relative may not want your help initially, but with these five tips, you can give them the support they need to lead as normal a life as possible.

  1. Use proper terminology. When you’re discussing the person that you are caring for, it’s important to remember that they are still a person with feelings. There used to be terms that were normal, which are now offensive and can hurt the person you’re caring for. Speaking to someone with a disability is no different to speaking with someone who is neurotypical. Don’t forget, a physically disabled person following an accident may struggle with their new life and adaptations, so taking that into consideration with your words is important.
  2. Always ask first. You may be there with your relative to help them, but asking before helping is just polite. If you see them struggling, the first instinct is to jump in and help where you can, but this can end up being frustrating for the person you’re helping. If you think help is needed, ask first and wait. Just because they may seem like they’re struggling, it doesn’t mean they are.
  3. Be respectful. The adjustments that a person has to go through following a life-changing accident aren’t just physical ones. The mental anguish and emotional turmoil can take its toll over time so being respectful to their feelings is so important for good communication. Educating yourself on their needs and their disability can give you a better understanding on how to help in the long term so that you can be the best carer you can be.

Carers supporting relatives need to educate themselves and others around them on how their job works. Plans always need to be in place to help those who cannot help themselves and if you aren’t coping yourself, you need to reach out for support where you can get it. Your comfort and health is just as important as they person you care for, and understanding where you can seek help is vital.