Rahul B asked in HealthMental Health · 1 decade ago

How he handicap of a person affects the lifestyle of the family members?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Of course this puts a strain on family members, although most families wouldn't admit it.....but having to adjust all the times to the person who is handicapped can be draining.

  • 1 decade ago

    I work in families with one child very disabled and I found different effects on the families in the five years I do this work. I work at the house of the disabled person, and so I become a part of their family. It is hard, the whole house needs to be rebuilt, no more steps, wider doors, a place for nappy changing, a lot of place for the 'toys' and the working equipment (wheel chairs, standing frames, kine mat,...) If the disabled person is the eldest it is more ok then other way around, the other children have always known the situation like it is.When the last child is disabled there are more troubles coming up. "It used to be more fun without ###" I heard many times. The holidays aren't the same, there has got to be some one around the person ALL THE TIME. And it takes a large toll of every member of the family. What I also heard a lot is "If we had known it would be like this..." but no one ever finishes the sentence. BUT it must be said, I work with people with a high level of handicap, they don't talk, hear, respond or anything at first second and third sight. You have to get to know them. I am sure with lighter forms of disabilities the situation is a little brighter. NOTE i am talking about being disabled from birth. But if I am pregnant... I double check every possible thing at least three times. ANd even then there is a chance. Good luck and strength to all

  • 1 decade ago

    A handicap can greatly affect the lifestyle of a family member. I am not as productive as I used to be in the work force because of a handicap of a family member, and don't have the material things i used to have, but one has to remember that the disabled is still the same person on the inside and suffer greatly because of their handicap. Just because they cannot do what they used to be able to do doesn't lessen their value as a human being. They have feelings and in my case, I took her for better or worse and I am very proud to have her as my wife. I have her love and companionship and that is more than I ever had before.

  • 1 decade ago

    Any handicapped person within a family is generally going to require a slight shift in responsibilities. For example, when my mom passed away, I ended up taking care of my dad while parenting my son. Now he is gone and it's my turn. I was just recently labeled 100% disabled thru the VA because I've got really bad knees and back issues. Yeah, I can move around a little bit, but like one of the other answers, I don't dare go to the grocery store or any place where there is excessive walking without my wheelchair. My family's outlook, in my opinion, is like nothing is wrong. My son will help me from time to time, but they all (my brother, sister in law and son) believe the more I can do for myself, the better, and it is because it reminds me that I can still be useful.

    I know of families with children who are mentally challenged and they go through life without a care in the world, or so it seems. Everyone pitches in accordingly.

    So, unless the handicap occurs later in life, for example, Christopher Reeves, most families cope without too much trouble.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are so many kinds of disabilities...Mental, Emotional, Physical, and levels of each of those. I have been disabled since I was 46, a neuromyscular problem which has now put me in a wheel chair most of the time. I can get around the house some, but cannot go to the supermarket without a wheelchair. My husband is also disabled, since he was 52. He has diabetes, with eye involvement (diabetic retinopathy), so his vision is very limited. To read this size print he wears glasses and uses a strong magnifier. He lost the bone from his great toe last year due to infection - and was lucky not to lose his foot. We even have a disabled dog! Life has its challenges, but it is still sweet. No matter what happens, there are so many that have things so much worse! I thank heaven every day for all my blessings...and count them all.

  • 1 decade ago

    WOW.... it can but at the same time, the love, understanding, and patience one have is the key to anything. It affects not only the handicap but at the same time the person caring for the handicap. Keep in mind the handicap don't want to be in the position that they are in, and that sometimes causes a problem. Keep in mind the 3 things I said at the beginning is the key and prayer... God Bless You

  • 1 decade ago

    Dear Rahul,

    Very nice qtn u asked. I don't know whether u belong to that category or not.Definitely it will affect the life style of family members related to the big small issue of handicap.The smaller the issue lesser the members will feel sad abt u.Otherwise it's really a pblm especially when u r a girl (her marriage, prime reason). My first answer to yahoo answers. The thing forced me to send the answer is the girl I love is handicap.So I know her feelings but less idea abt her family members. Giving her all sorts of happiness.Thank God.U take care.

    -regards

    Cherian

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you learn to devlop patience. you can also learn so much froma disabled person i think alot of people out there who have loved ones who are disable find this they posses a sensitivity and appreciation of things around them and are so curious!!! it is very eye opening for those of us who take things for granted in this world. i have a disabled son (20) and at times it hard with family life having to take the extra time but when you see the big smile somehow it makes it all worth while!!!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I how disability but it does not change me it the outside world see i have seizures specifies but the thing is it teaches me patience and it hard because of my family they won't let me be adult but it is ok and it is hard but yes the family members usually can't deal with they can't accept it but I can and I don't can how the outside world treats me God made me and that is good enough for me I was made in his image

  • 1 decade ago

    I think it depends on the situation. How mature and loving everyone is, the nature of the disability - how it happened, how severe it is, what's required/needed for the disability, etc.

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