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Living With Disability: The Importance of Companionship
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Living With Disability: The Importance of Companionship

Living with a disability can come with its own set of unique challenges. Living with a disability can not only make some everyday activities difficult, but it can sometimes lead to a sense of isolation or disconnect from the rest of the community. A support network is hugely important, and having a companion to support and assist each day can really help to improve the overall quality of life.

Prevent loneliness

It can be a very lonely experience to live with a disability. A lot of people do not understand what it is like to be disabled or to have a loved one who has a disability and because of this, they are not always sure of how to interact with those living with a disability. Studies show that if you have a companion that can come and visit you regularly, you will live longer than those who are alone. Therefore people who have support will feel happier and live longer than those who do not have someone to interact with regularly. That's why having medical bed options for you and your companion can go a long way toward improving overall quality of life.

Become more social

Living with a disability can make it difficult to meet new people and make new friends. Certain social activities might not be accessible, or it may be hard to relate to others for a variety of reasons, which can make it hard to form a connection when they meet someone new. Having someone to talk to like one of the heroes at Home Care Heroes can really make a difference to social opportunities. With someone to help navigate social situations and everyday tasks, community involvement can be encouraged and social activities are a possibility. This can improve self-esteem and limit social isolation. 

Assistance is available

Living with a disability can make it hard to perform everyday tasks like running errands. Having someone to assist with everyday tasks, might not always be necessary, but it can make life easier. With a companion, tasks can be completed faster and easier, allowing for more time to do enjoyable activities. Having someone to assist you when you need it is even more important to those who are living on their own. If someone with a disability has someone that they can call on to help them when things get tough, they will feel more secure and at ease, because they will know someone has their back.

Helps with mental stimulation

For people who have a disability, having someone to talk too regularly will not only help with social skills but will also help stimulate your mind. Research shows that people who are actively trying to stimulate their mind on a regular basis are less likely to experience cognitive decline which can, in turn, cause serious problems like depression or dementia. Mental stimulation can involve playing a game, watching something on television or even just having a conversation with someone else. Having a companion can improve motivation, mental clarity, and self-confidence. 

A sense of purpose

Something that a companion can do for someone that is living with a disability is creating a sense of purpose. If you feel like an outcast or unwelcome in the community, it can be hard to feel good about yourself, especially if you don’t have someone behind you to back you up. A companion can motivate, encourage and collaborate with you.  Just having another person there who believes in you can really lift your mood and make you feel as though you can be yourself again, even when you are struggling and feeling down.

Companionship can be invaluable to someone living with a disability. The challenges we face are unique; however, with a support network, we can overcome anything. Whether it's assistance, motivation, or just someone to chat with, the importance of companionship cannot be overstated. 

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