Disabilities: Managing Independently

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Disabilities are never easy to live with. In addition to all the physical challenges, there are also some financial aspects to cover.

Furthermore, with recent news in Leeds regarding a disabled man who had to live in his living room without a working bathroom for four months, it’s clear that the support options available to disabled people aren’t always that reliable. Therefore, it might be crucial to support yourself as best as you can.

The story in Leeds focuses on Mr. Hanson who, after a stroke, was living in his living room for four months. Slow council actions, partially due to Mr. Hanson’s individual circumstances being deemed a low priority, ensured that work was done very slowly.

Adapting the Home

First of all, you need a home that you can actually live in. Financially speaking, the cost of this will vary depending on your disability and individual circumstances.

The bathroom is a typical area that often needs improving, yet this can be solved if you break the key areas into individual sections. Primarily, you will need an accessible toilet and bath/shower. This is as simple as installing walk-in baths and disabled handles around the toilet. This isn’t a complete renovation of the bathroom, instead focusing on more affordable adjustments.

As for the rest of the house, this will again depend on your individual circumstances. You may need to buy specialist equipment, but there are always other options, such as rearranging what you already have to make it more suitable and accessible.

Despite this, there are certain areas, such as the stairs, which may require more attention. These are areas you might need to spend money on, as council support isn’t always guaranteed and might be rather light. These can be expensive, but look for rental or monthly payment options if money is a major concern.

Income

Of course, to afford a lot of this, you need some form of income. If you can work, then this shouldn’t be a problem, provided your disability doesn’t conflict with your ability to work. In other cases, then you should seek some form of disability benefits.

However, as it’s already been stated, relying on support from councils and other governing bodies isn’t always reliable. Whilst these occurrences seem to be thankfully rare, it’s not a position you want to find yourself in. To this end, it’s recommended you save as much money as you can. This is difficult on a limited benefits income, but the smallest amount will help. This can grow into a reasonable nest egg, or something that will simply come in useful during a crisis.

In summary, whilst this isn’t an in depth guide on disabilities, it might highlight a greater important to seek independence where possible. Even if it’s just saving up money for such occasions, you are less likely to be caught out by poor support from other supporting bodies in the future.