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Caring for Those with Intellectual Disabilities

By Michelle Brown

Acting as a caregiver can be challenging under any circumstance, but what if you are providing care for an adult with intellectual disabilities? Aging disabled individuals may need more specialized care than a family member is able to provide. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the many responsibilities you have as caregiver for a person with ID, you may be relieved to know that help is available. This information can help you understand the unique needs of intellectually disabled people as well as the challenges of caring for them.

 

Special Circumstances

In the past, people with developmental or intellectual disabilities typically had a shorter life span. With more advanced medical treatment and care available nowadays, this population has been able to live fuller, happier lives. While aging people with ID may live longer, they also tend to have more health problems than those who are not intellectually disabled and may need more care to accommodate their capabilities. Some of the factors that can affect quality of life for disabled adults can include:

 

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Dental disease
  • Obesity
  • Limited or impaired communication ability
  • Hearing and vision impairments
  • Decrease in physical strength and vigor
  • Limited or declining mental and emotional capacity

 

As their abilities decline, you may not be able to offer the changing complexity of care without assistance. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Seeking professional companionship or caregiving can take reduce the stressors while maintaining the health and wellbeing of the individual. Often times an additional caregiver can be a key person in noticing changes that may not be seen by a family member who is caring for the person at all times.

 

Call for Backup

The most important thing for an intellectually disabled person is quality care, whether it is provided by you or a skilled caregiver who has experience and training to attend to your loved one. You should ensure their desire for friendly social interaction, routine, sense of helping and belonging, and much more as their care needs change. You may also choose to continue to be the primary caregiver and rely on a professional care aid to assist you with respite care, activities of daily living, personal hygiene, medication management, and companionship. Services can be tailored for community residential settings as well as for home health care. You can breathe a sigh of relief because your loved one can receive personalized assistance from sincere, compassionate, and knowledgeable caregivers.

 

 

Here to Help

Home Helpers is more than just senior care. We have the knowledge and training to assist with those who are intellectually disabled, and are committed to making life easier. Home Helpers can provide caregiving to relieve your stress and reduce your responsibilities without sacrificing the safety, health, or happiness of your loved ones.