Learning disabilities affect an individual’s ability to learn new skills and respond to the challenges they face in life, not just reading and writing skills. If you’re caring for an adult with learning disabilities at home, you have many ways to make their lives that much easier and more accessible. While caring for someone with learning difficulties not without its problems, but if you follow some of these steps, they may be able to help.
1. Understand the disability you’re caring for
Make sure you understand as much about the learning disability as you can. A learning disability is generally known as a condition where due to a problem with brain development in early childhood, an individual may have difficulty learning, understanding and remembering new tasks. These may impact on their ability to communicate with others on a social level, learn new skills and perform physical tasks.The abilities and restrictions vary between individuals and their disabilities which affects the way they live and the modifications needed for their home. Some disabilities may require more sensory elements around their home; others may just simply need an organised system to help them out, just remember to work with the individual to help create a comfortable and efficient environment.
2. Talk to professionals
There are people out there ready to support and advise you as you care for someone with a learning disability. They will know the proper changes to make to your home and any organisations in your area that can help you out. They can also inform you of any benefits or financial aid that you could be entitled to and even provide a care worker for serious cases or for when you need a break from the responsibility.
3. Structure their day
Know what needs to be done each day by creating a schedule. People living with serious learning disabilities thrive on a routine and knowing what needs to be done during the day. Use a white board or desk calendarand fill it with suitable chores and activities for adults with learning disabilities. A schedule helps prevents feelings of anxiety, frustration and confusion.
4. Set Goals
People living with learning disabilities need something to strive for, whether it be as simple as being able to cook dinner for themselves, or as difficult as getting a degree at university. The feeling of achievement they experience as they accomplish their goals does wonders to their self-esteem and self-worth. Create a board of the goal made up of steps needed to be taken to achieve that goal and the progress the individual has made.
5. Don’t Forget, They’re Adults
Your role in caring for a person with learning disabilities isn’t to completely take over their lives as if they are children; rather your role is to support and assist them as they try and live their own life. Whether you take on that role yourself, or you employ a professional to handle that responsibility is up to you and the individual with the disability.
This guest post has been provided by Voyage Care who provide supported living for learning disabled adults.
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