In the UK there are over 11 million people living with a disability. Disabilities vary greatly in their presentation and the amount of care and support needed depends on each individual. Caring for someone with a disability can be stressful. Here at Harley Street Care we provide bespoke disability care in London for individuals with various support needs.
Living with disability
In the UK there are over 11 million people living with a disability. These disabilities vary greatly in their presentation. The Equality Act (2010) says that a person can be regarded as living with a disability if:
- They have a physical or mental impairment.
- The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
- It is a fact that the older we become, the more likely we are to suffer the effects of disability. Approximately 16% of working-age adults live with a disability but this increases dramatically to 45% of those past state pension age.There is anethical responsibility, on us all, to ensure that those of us with disabilities are recognised as having an inherent dignity and a desire for independence.Disability should not be a barrier to a life lived well, nor to equality.
A guide for dealing with disabilites
Physical disabilities are those that we most often associate with disability. This is sometimes because of a physical disability presenting in a way that others can notice more easily:
A person may:
- Use mobility aids
- Have obvious signs of restricted movement
However, physical disabilities can also present in a way that makes it difficult, or impossible, for others to notice.
With a little knowledge of some of the most common causes of physical disability, we can better understand the effects that those disabilities may have on the daily life of those living with them.
Something that is too often overlooked is that physical disability is a symptom of a cause.
Do you, or someone you care about, live with a disability?
Here at Harley Street Care we know that life can sometimes be difficult.
If you are a person experiencing disability you may find you need a little extra help but don’t know who to ask.
At Harley Street Care we believe that everyone should be able to live their life to its fullest potential. We should not, and must not, allow a disability to become a barrier to living life.
With an ethical approach to all we do at Harley Street Care, we make it our mission to provide our clients with the support they need to live as independently as possible. We want to make a positive difference to your own, or your loved one’s, life.
Whatever your care or support requirements we aim to provide you with just what you need to begin your future in the best way for you.
An injury that has happened to the brain (or spinal cord) after birth. The causes of an ABI are numerous and may include: traumatic head injury, a stroke, or a tumour. The effects of an ABI can vary, from minor impairment of a person’s normal functionality to a more devastating disability.
An acquired brain injury can cause:
- Cognitive impairment
- Coma and reduced states of awareness
- Communication difficulties
- Emotional changes
- Physical effects
- Hormonal imbalances
- Memory problems
- Difficulty making decisions
As with all disabilities, acquired brain injuries affect people in ways that are unique to them only. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ care-package for those experiencing difficulties. With this is mind, it is important that a person leaving hospital with an ABI has a care plan put in place to specifically address their individual needs and preferences.
Sensory and Learning Disabilities
Visual impairment affects about 2 million people in the UK. Of this number, many have potentially reversible cataracts whilst others have correctable refractive errors.
Around 360,000 people in the UK are registered as blind or partially sighted. These people experience severe, or total, loss of sight which is irreversible.
- 1 in 5 people over 75 are affected by sight loss. This number rises to 1 in 2 people over the age of 90
- There is a link between sight loss and reduced wellbeing. Over one-third of older people with sight loss are also living with depression
- Two-thirds of working aged people who are registered as blind or partially sighted are not in paid employment
Being diagnosed with a visual disability can cause many different emotions; shock, grief, anxiety and a fear of what the future holds are all common.
Whether in the early days of a diagnosis or later on, there are many organisations which can provide excellent support and assistance for people experiencing any type of visual impairment.
Whilst it’s important that those who are registered as blind or partially sighted maintain their independence and autonomy, it may be that they feel that they need a little extra support to carry on living life to their full enjoyment.