Home care services are not just for seniors! People with chronic illness, and people with disabilities will benefit as well. Today’s adults with special needs can live more independently than ever. People with Down syndrome, autism, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities can live and work successfully in their communities.
Still, many parents of adults with special needs continue to support their loved ones.
There are many resources available for those caring for someone with special needs so be sure to seek the level of help you need. Including home care in your plan can be of benefit to you and your child. Care providers can assist with daily living activities such as meal preparation, travel and transportation, and taking medications. They can also provide emotional support and social interaction.
Benefits of Home Care for Adults with Special Needs
- Quality of life
Whether it’s going to work, visiting friends and family, or taking part in recreational activities, we find meaning in living independent lives. Your loved one with special needs can also live a rich and fulfilling life. Professional care providers can provide extra supports to adults with disabilities so that they are able to participate fully in their community, such as:
- Household tasks
- Bathing and hygiene
- Recreational and community activities
- Managing medications
- Meal preparation
- Assistance with mobility and ambulation
The right supports can provide you with a much needed break and will help you find balance between providing care and promoting independence for your loved one. The are a stepping stone towards independence for adults with special needs.
- Community Inclusion
Integrating adults with special needs into the community is the norm today. There are many home-based and community options such as:
- Adult group homes
- Living independently (with or without supports)
- Living in-home with family
- Adult foster homes
Many families find that home care helps them support their special needs loved ones. Sometimes home care is the support that allows someone to live independently in their community or stay in the family home.
Parents provide the majority of support for children with special needs and many continue to support their children in adulthood. Depending on what is available in your community, you may be able to access job coaching, vocational rehabilitation, day programs, and community transition programs. Home care professionals can help your loved one prepare for their day, assist with mobility, and assist with transportation to these programs.
- Supports autonomy and independence
Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are still adults, and they deserve too be as independent as possible. For many parents, even knowing the benefits of increased autonomy, this transition can be a challenging one.
Celebrate independence! You can do this by focusing on your child’s strengths and skills, and by working with them to learn what supports will be best. You may need to take a step back in order to allow your child to grow. Notice what your child is now able to do on their own or with a home care provider who supports them and encourage these changes.
There will be many opportunities for you to care for your loved one, and as a caregiver you must adapt in your role to allow them to grow and experience adulthood.