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Helping Those With Disabilities Do you have a family member or friend in your life who struggles with a disability? Chances are, you want to do all that you can to help them. One day, you may struggle with a disability, too, and it will be good to know someone has your back. This is where disability services really come in handy. They can make sure your loved one's needs are met, which is vital since, after all, you may not always be capable of meeting all of your loved one's needs on your own. Read more about disability services on this blog about the topic.



Why Should Your Disabled Child Live In Supportive Housing?

As your disabled child reaches adulthood, they might start to think about leaving home and living independently. This is a big decision for both of you. Rather than living alone, your child might be able to move into supportive housing.

Here, they live in their own home or share a home with other young adults with disabilities. However, they also get a range of in-house or external support services.

What are the benefits of moving your child into supportive housing?

Reduce Anxiety

Your child might be keen to live alone or might feel that they ought to make this move. However, this doesn't mean that they don't worry about moving out and leaving your family home. You'll also be anxious about this.

If your child moves to supportive housing, then they gain some independence while still getting the support they need. You won't have to worry about how they will cope as much. They will know that they have a support safety net. You'll both feel less anxious about the move.

Help Make the Transition to Independent Living

While your child might want to ultimately live on their own, they might not be able to manage this right now. If they've never lived independently, then moving to their own apartment or house and running their own life is likely to be more difficult than they think.

A supportive housing community works well as a transition move. Your child will have to be more independent; however, they still get the kind of support you give them at home.

During their time in this environment, your child might gain enough confidence and skills to move into their own place. They'll find it easier to make this transition if they've had a middle-ground experience between leaving home and living alone. Or, they might simply decide that they prefer to live in a community environment after all.

Get Appropriate Support

Young adults with disabilities have diverse support needs. Some might need 24/7 help for the rest of their lives; others need short-term targeted support to improve their life skills.

You can choose a supportive housing placement to fit your child's needs. For example, if your child needs physical help, then a home with live-in support workers might be the best option. Or, if your child needs help with practical tasks, such as budgeting, shopping, and cooking, then they might be better off with a service that brings in support workers to help with key tasks during the day.

To find out more, talk to support agencies about local young adults with disabilities living resources.