3 Ways to Support a Loved One with a Developmental Disability

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3 Ways to Support a Loved One with a Developmental Disability

When our loved ones age, it’s natural to want to give them the best care possible. When our loved one is diagnosed with a developmental disorder, however, our concern grows more for their well-being.

You don’t have to worry, of course, because Bright Horizon Homes is here to give you information on how you can support your loved one.

Some ways to support your loved one as they age with a developmental disability are as follows:

  1. Get educated on the possibilities a developmental disorder might bring to an individual diagnosed with a developmental disability
    As family and as the primary care provider, we of all people should be able to understand our loved one’s behavior and the causes for their behavior. Online resources are available to help you know the condition of your loved one. For a more interactive discussion, consulting with a professional can allow you to ask more questions and allow you to gain a more direct way of helping your loved one. Understanding allows for better care, knowing what to do, and knowing what to avoid.
  2. Empower your loved ones
    Don’t allow them to become totally dependent, especially when they can do basic things such as washing their hands, getting dressed, and overall grooming mostly on their own. It’s important to give your loved ones a sense of independence even when you’re there by their side, guiding and supporting until a task is done. When you notice difficulty in doing a task, you can coach or give hands-on help as well.
  3. You may also want therapy and help from other parties as well
    These days, there are support systems and communities for adults with developmental disability. Having that support system allows an exchange of ideas among primary caregivers and support within the community.

Providing care and supported living in residential homes in Wasilla, Alaska, we’d be happy to help you take care of your loved one. Providing you with Medicaid waiver services, we help promote comfort, structure, and promotion of a better lifestyle to your loved one.

With our services, you can take a break and even learn more about taking care of your loved one through our care providers. For our services, talk to us at 907-357-2233 or visit www.brighthorizonhomes.com.

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