When a person is coming to terms with a physical disability following an accident or a diagnosis of a degenerative condition, it’s natural that psychological and social challenges may arise. These challenges aren’t talked about enough.
Coming to terms with a new disability is a time of adjustment. You may not only be coping with physical changes, you also have to learn to accept a different future than the one you had previously imagined. That can be hard.
In this blog, we discuss how home care across Suffolk, Essex, and Greater London can provide support when adjusting to life with a disability.
Living with a disability
People who are experiencing disability for the first time may feel a range of emotions, including shock, anger, withdrawal, anxiety and aggression. Just like that, life isn’t what it used to be. As you come to terms with your new life, it’s natural to mourn your old one. The grieving process, which involves adjustment to the disability, can be divided into stages: shock, denial, anger, depression and eventually acceptance. These stages are not linear. You may go back and forth or skip stages altogether.
Looking after your mental health
Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. Going from being able-bodied to suddenly needing a wheelchair or experiencing another form of disability is a big life adjustment. It’s not a sign of weakness to be struggling to come to terms with a different future than the one you had imagined. Rather, it’s natural to feel a sense of powerlessness, fatigue, confusion or a rage of other negative emotions. Suddenly, you’re being asked to draw upon coping skills you’ve never required before – no wonder you’re feeling shaken. As you learn to adjust to your new life, be gentle with yourself and look after your emotional wellbeing. Remember that support is available.
Your disability does not define you
Despite your disability, you are still yourself. Having a disability doesn’t change that because a disability does not define who you are. While you may encounter newfound challenges in the home, getting around or doing things independently, you will likely also witness new coping abilities emerge as you navigate a challenging situation. This can lead to renewed confidence. As the saying goes, you are stronger than you think. Don’t’ be surprised if you adjust in ways you never believed possible.
Supporting you and your life
Adjusting to a new form of disability isn’t easy. However, with the right support and adjustments, many life goals are still achievable. Alongside positive social support from family, friends and society at large, we are here to help you adjust to your new life. Our compassionate carers can assist with household chores, provide personal care and offer emotional support. Your mental and physical wellbeing is our top priority. Together, we can find new ways to promote your independence and help you live a rich, fulfilled life.
Get in touch
Our home care services are here to support you through the physical, psychological and social challenges that can arise when coming to terms with a disability. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to learn more. One of our knowledgeable staff would be happy to answer any of your questions or provide more information.