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4 Ways to Get More Support for Your Loved One with a Developmental Disability

February 16, 2024

When you are supporting a loved one with a developmental disability it can feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.

You do it because you want the best care and support possible for your loved one.

But, what if there was a better way?

A way where all of the caregiving and support did NOT have to be done by you.

My mom’s breaking point came after more than 30 years of providing care for my sister, who has a disability. She came to me for support when she realized she couldn’t continue at the same pace.

When my mom burnt out it was really hard on our family, and I don’t want this to happen to you.

That is why I am sharing these 4 Strategies to get MORE Support for your loved one with a disability.

Watch the video below to learn more.

The 4 Strategies:

  1. Ask for Help: It’s always okay to reach out and ask for support, even if it’s just for a short break. You need to learn the habit of gradually asking for help so you can recharge yourself. Start small and lean on friends, family, or neighbours for assistance. Remember, you can never give from an empty cup.
  2. Do with, Not for: While doing tasks for your loved one may be quicker, doing things together promotes independence and reduces your load over time. Think of it as training as well for your loved one. The goal is to prepare them for independence and an ordinary life, even without you.
  3. Use Technology: There are many ways technology can help you and your loved one have a better and easier life. It can be as simple as an electric toothbrush or digital calendars to help your routines become more efficient.
  4. Research Paid Support: Take the time to investigate available paid support options in your area, and don’t hesitate to explore what’s out there. The first step always starts with you.

I encourage you to give these strategies a try in order to provide your loved one with a stronger support system. And don’t forget to get your free Life Planning 101 guide if you’re interested in learning more.


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