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How To Support Your Loved One with a Disability
Published July 25, 2022

Aveanna Healthcare is proud to support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 32nd Anniversary. On July 26th, we celebrate this important civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

The following tips can help you support your loved one with a disability on this special day:

1) Find Assistive Devices for Your Loved One. Talk with your family member’s care team to find assistive devices that can help them safely move around their home and accomplish daily tasks. Occupational therapists and other clinicians can assess the safety and adaptability of your loved one’s home so that they stay safe while living independently.

2) Ask For Help from Family. Caregiving isn’t easy, and many caregivers experience burnout because of the demands placed upon them. Ask family members for help and divide caregiving tasks so that you aren’t handling everything on your own.

3) Introduce New Help Gradually. When it comes to adding new forms of care, take it slow. For instance, have a home health aide come a few hours a week so your parent can get to know them instead of immediately starting them on a full-time schedule. Sometimes, urgent health issues make it impossible to have gradual transitions. Do your best to help your family member adjust to sudden changes by maintaining their usual routine.

4) Connect with Community Resources. There are plenty of community organizations that provide financial assistance, transportation, meals, home care, and other services. Aveanna can also provide home healthcare and other services so that your parent can stay healthy and safe.