Providing Support and Reducing Isolation
Caring for a person with disabilities is one of life’s most challenging responsibilities. There is so much to do and learn, often with no warning or time to prepare for the role. Doctor visits are frequent and hospitalizations occur more often for those with disabilities. Medications must be managed. There are treatments to be administered, therapy appointments to attend and equipment to be acquired and maintained. Parents of children with disabilities also must attend school IEP meetings. Family finances may be challenged and family relationships strained. Family members often have to take on the role of advocate to ensure their disabled love one is treated fairly. These responsibilities are not only time consuming, but exhausting. There is little time for friendships or social gatherings. Families become isolated.