Healthy Lifestyle Tips for the Developmentally Disabled



The need to maintain healthy wellbeing is true for all regardless of one’s disabilities. Hence, even if your family member has a developmental disability, keeping them active and following through healthy routines are going to be beneficial for their overall wellbeing. This is also one of the goals we aim to achieve as a residential home in Wasilla, Alaska in serving our valued residents.

To this end, we recommend the following healthy lifestyle habits that are ideal to practice regularly even for persons with developmental disabilities:

  • Choose an Exercise Routine

    Being physically active is very vital to improve the body’s fitness and resilience against common illnesses and infections. Because our loved ones with disabilities may not have the will or concept to pursue, your assistance in helping them exercise is very necessary for their health and fitness.

  • Attend to the Nutritional Needs

    Our loved ones with developmental disabilities may require a more focused kind of care and attention when it comes to meeting their nutritional needs. Since they can get easily sick and may be unable to eat on their own, they will need help in eating nutritious and well-balanced meals.

  • Visit the Doctor Regularly

    To help improve their overall health, your loved one also needs to visit their doctor on a regular basis so you can better prepare for their conditions. As a provider of developmental disability care services in Alaska, we recommend that your loved one be present during their doctor’s appointments.

  • Assist in Taking Medicines

    When your loved one with a developmental disability is being prescribed with new medications, ensure that they are taking these accurately. As they may have difficulty taking these medicines on their own, they can be at risk for medicine-related complications. Hence, your assistance is crucial in their wellbeing.

  • Maintain Relationships

    Connecting with other family members and other people in the community improves your loved one’s sense of belongingness, which can boost their mental health. With more people around them, they will receive more care and attention. In addition, connections promote inclusion such that your loved one’s condition gains acceptance by others.

  • Avoid Excessive Exposure from Outdoor Elements

    When you’re spending time outdoors, ensure that your loved one with a developmental disability can be protected from too much heat or cold depending on where you’re at. They may easily acquire skin infections or breakouts, which can be detrimental to their overall health.

Does your loved one need a more focused kind of care and attention because of their developmental disability? Let our team at Bright Horizon Homes help you. If your loved one also qualifies to receive Medicaid waiver services, we can help you in taking care of them.

When your loved one is under our care, you can trust that they will receive the quality care they deserve. Would you like to know how else our services can benefit you and your loved one? Contact us if you have inquiries.

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