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How To Take Back Control Of Your Life If You Have A Disability

Living with a disability can be challenging. You often get the feeling that you’re no longer in control of your life. And that sensation can make you feel even worse. 

Many disabled people, however, maintain a strong sense of control over their lives, even if they aren’t able to use their bodies how they would like. Here’s how they do it, 

Document The Areas Where You Still Have Control

The first step is to document the areas of your life where you still have control. The degree to which you have autonomy will correspond to the severity of your disability. So if you have a mild disability, you’ll have a large nexus of control in your life, with less if your condition is more severe. 

Writing down a list of things that you can do by yourself can be a helpful exercise in itself. It reminds you that you’re not always completely helpless. There are parts of your life that you can enjoy without the help of others. Here are some examples: 

*Driving the car

*Playing video games

*Making new friends online

*Making dinner

*Feeding yourself

Take Control Over Who Provides Your Care

There’s nothing worse than becoming disabled and then not having a choice over who provides you with care. 

Fortunately, CDS for disabled programs allow you to pick and choose caregivers, giving you more control and autonomy than you’d get in a care home. You can hire and fire as you please, and get a carer who best matches your needs. This way, they’re working for you, and you’re in control, not the other way around. 

Improve Your Physical Independence

If your disability affects your physical independence, then there are many ways you can improve it. Companies have developed all sorts of tools to assist you in daily living. 

An electric bed, for instance, can be a great addition to your setup. With one, you can change your position with the press of a button, making it easier to get in and out of bed.

You can also invest in a mobility scooter. These battery-powered vehicles are highly reliable, easy to recharge and provide enough space for all your shopping. 

Get Your Money Sorted

When you have a disability, money is something that can give you a lot of power. Having cash in the bank allows you to buy services when you need them and be more independent, 

Managing your own finances is usually something that you can do yourself. If you can, take control of your finances and use them to secure a better quality of life for yourself. That could involve installing mobility fittings around the home, moving to a different property, or using your cash to buy equipment to make daily tasks more manageable. 

If you’re struggling to take control of your finances, speak with a financial advisor. They’ll be able to tell you the best way to take care of your money and use it to improve your situation. Make sure that the people around you give you the freedom to use your money how you like.

Additional resources:

*CPFN – a compassionate special needs network.

*Healthy family dinners – How to plan and prepare them.

*Inclusion – why should companies consider it?