We don’t like to think that it might happen to us. But no-one is immune to the life-changing event that can be a new disability. It may strike suddenly. It may progress gradually. Either way, it can be difficult to know what to do first. Below, we’re going to look at some of the questions you need to ask and the steps you need to take.
What do you do about the emotional impact?
The change from being an able-bodied person to someone with a disability is a huge one. One that isn’t always felt immediately. You have to take the time to come to terms with your illness. You will deal with denial, with anger, and with bitterness. You may have issues with depression and anxiety going forward. These happen to a lot of people who deal with sudden disability, but you shouldn’t have to live with them. If you’re having trouble with emotional health problems, you should seek a professional to help you deal with them. Look into support groups near you, as well. Sharing your experiences with others who have had similar ones can be very helpful.
What do you do about your money?
When you face a disability, you may think that the government will be forthcoming in protecting you. The truth is that getting Social Security Disability can be an arduous task. You will have to fight your case. Having an experienced disability attorney can help you fight it a lot better. At the same time, many find that SSD isn’t enough to pay for everything on top of your rent and food expenses. You will have to keep looking for opportunities beyond it. There may be additional entitlements for you if you’re widowed or if you have children. You might have to look into alternative income opportunities, too. For example, might you be able to work from home as an article writer or get involved with affiliate marketing.
What changes do you need to make?
When facing disability, one of the hardest steps can be looking at the life you used to lead and how you start making changes. If you’re suffering from a chronic condition that will get worse, you will need to start stepping down gradually from work. Similarly, you may find that the home you live in is no longer suitable to your needs. You might need to look into moving or otherwise look into changes you can make to the home to make it more accessible. Being comfortable and able to operate independently in the space you live in is important.
Who do you ask for help?
Whether you need medical assistance or help with tasks at home, it’s important to be able to ask. Broaching the subject with family can be difficult, but they are often your best bet. Otherwise, you may look into occasional help from professional caregivers or even foundations in your community. From gardening to cleaning and cooking, it can be very beneficial for you and your family to sometimes have some help. Both living with and assisting someone with a disability can be taxing. Know that there’s often help out there to share the load.
No-one should feel like they have to go through the changes that disability brings alone. From support groups to legal help, there are a lot of people you can turn to who will help you acclimate