Helping with Physical Disability

Published: 22/05/2019

Here are a few of the most common questions we are asked regarding helping with physical disability.

Here are a few of the most common questions we are asked regarding helping with physical disability.

Q1

I am a 69 year old lady with a physical disability. My husband is my main carer but has been poorly and is now struggling to meet all my needs and I need some help at home. Could you tell me what kind of services are available to us and how we might access them?

A good care provider should be able to offer you a flexible package of care tailor made to suit you and your husband delivered by well trained, caring professionals. The provider should be emphasising that care is not about doing things TO people, it is about doing things WITH them. This way you can get the support you need whilst at the same time maintaining your independence.  Typically the kind of support that a home care provider can offer will include:

  • Help getting up or going to bed – personal care needs – assistance with medication – help with preparing meals – shopping – attending to laundry – domestic duties – accompanying to appointments or trips to see friends or relatives – respite care – overnight care or full live-in care.

The Leeds Care Directory is the easy way to find reliable and flexible services in your area – find them online www.LeedsDirectory.org  or email: info@leedsdirectory.org  or tel: 0113 391 8333

Q2

I had an accident at work a few years back and as a result I now have some physical difficulties and use a wheelchair. I am 29 years old, keen on sports and am the outdoor type. I would like to resume some of my pre-accident interests. What can a home care provider offer me?

It is clear that you are looking for more than just care in your own home and a good quality provider should be focused on making people’s lives as full as they can be. Helping with physical disability is about rehabilitation and re-enablement so that you can live an independent life. I would choose a local provider who is familiar with how to access suitable community resources and puts the emphasis on empowerment to give you the tools you need to live the life you want.

The staff should be trained in the very specific art of moving people. This includes the use of hoists and other specialist equipment as well as making sure that all activities are undertaken as smoothly and safely as possible.

If you would like to speak to Bluebird Care personally regarding any care matter

TEL:  0113 258 9677

EMAIL: leedsnorth@bluebirdcare.co.uk

www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/leeds_north