Disability overwhelmingly affects older people, with over 5 million people above state pension age having a disability. Furthermore, it is estimated that the number of older disabled people is likely to increase by around 40% between 2002 and 2022.
It is clear that disability care is an essential service required to provide physical and emotional care and support for individuals with various disabilities. Care providers should have a wealth of hands-on, real-life experience as well as appropriate condition-specific additional training for their carers where necessary.
How disability care can help
Everyone’s experience with disability is unique and we advocate personalised care tailored to the specific needs and abilities of you or your loved one. A Care provider can help ensure that a service user can live as dignified and independent a life as possible.
Care providers may have experience working with people with all kinds of disabilities, from spinal injuries and acquired brain injuries to learning disabilities and sensory impairment. You should speak to the providfer about their experience and any specialist training they provide to their carers. This might help you understand how they will adapt the care provided according to the changing needs and abilities whilst always respecting the client’s wishes and dignity.
If you think your loved one may need disability care, you may want to ask some of the following questions:
What disability do you or your loved one have?
Do you need extra help or support in order to manage your disability?
Are you struggling to provide care for your loved one or do you need extra help?
Do you need experienced help to manage your or your loved one’s disability?
What sort of help do you need?
What help do you already receive?