Mental Health

Mandy Kloppers

How to care for a differently-abled person

If you are someone who works with people of different backgrounds or has someone who is differently-abled in a physical or mental sense, there’s a possibility that you might be having a difficult time thinking about how to treat them compassionately. People who are disabled already suffer through a lot, and it’s hard for them to sometimes even put their problems through to their loved ones and caregivers.  


Dealing with unique challenges comes with hurdles of its own; we provide you with some essential tips that can help you care for people with different types of disabilities.  


Do your research  

Whether you know about a particular disability or you don’t, it is always a good thing to be one step ahead of any problems. When you are more aware, you would be able to deal with it. Do your homework before you start caring about someone. One example could be that if someone suffers through a sensory disorder, you can learn about their triggers and avoid them when you care for them or visit them, or if they use a foldable scooter, you would know how to operate it.  


Speak to them  

Some patients may feel ignored if you avoid talking to them and talk to someone else about them instead. This is downright disrespectful. Even if they don’t have the same understanding of your level, but they still understand and can comprehend your actions. There is always a way to talk to them; you need to find that way out.  


Do not assume  

Do not assume that they need your help. Instead, you should ask them if they do require you and then work according to their response. Ask them how you could help them and follow their instructions aptly. Always respect their answer as well as give them personal space and boundaries. It’s also wrong to assume that they can’t fend for themselves when they actually can.  


Take some time  

Do not try to rush into everything. Be patient and try to understand them completely. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you aren’t sure of something. Those who can communicate are always more than happy to guide others about how or how not they want to be taken care of.  


Different yet not different 

Do not forget that they are also like anyone else. It is important to give them the same respect of a fellow human being and help them recognize that humanity indeed does exist. You need to look at them beyond their disabilities. If they are not comfortable, then don’t define them with their disabilities.  

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