Service dogs are just one of the 3 Great Resources Highlighted Below…
If someone you care about is living with a disability, you may not be fully aware of the resources available to both you and your loved one. Caring for a person with a disability can be difficult and confusing if you don’t know what tools and aid you have at your disposal. There are many programs, organizations, and services that can make your lives easier. Here are a few great resources you should be using if you have a loved one who is disabled.
Service Dog Training Programs
Regardless of your loved one’s disability, there is a high likelihood that they will benefit from a service dog. Service dogs can be trained to aid people with physical disabilities, such as vision impairment, and mental health disorders, such as PTSD, depression, and autism.
Better yet, any type of dog can be a service dog depending on your needs. So if someone you care about could benefit from a service dog, it is wholly possible for a small, portable dog to be trained and used as a service animal.
If you’re not interested in a fully trained service dogs, some dog trainers have programs for emotional support animals. While they technically do not need training, it can be very helpful to have a professional teach your dog to soothe you in times of stress.
An emotional support animal has no legal right to accompany their owner in public but does have the right to live with their owner regardless of property laws. To acquire an ESA (emotional support animal), you must have a documented disability and should never attempt to scam the system.
Support Groups for You and Your Loved One
Living with a disability is stressful. Caring for someone with a disability can be equally difficult, leaving both you and your loved one in need of some support. Support groups for both people with disabilities and their caretakers can be a hugely beneficial resource that helps keep you both sane. Furthermore, connecting with a community that undergoes the same difficulties you do can open the doors to a wealth of knowledge and advice.
Keeping up with daily tasks such as pet care, house upkeep, and errands can very quickly become overwhelming for both you and your loved one. Fortunately, in the age of the internet, it is very easy to find someone out there who can help out with these chores for a very reasonable price. Rover.com is one of the best places to be connected to pet caregivers and sitters.
Freelance housekeepers and maid services are easier to come by than you think, and Instacart.com offers professional grocery shopping and delivery. When someone else is tending to the everyday burdens, you can focus more time and energy on the stuff that matters.
Caring for a loved one with a disability can be tough for both you and your loved one. Fortunately, by making use of the various types of resources that are available, you can eliminate a great deal of caregiver stress. From a service dog to freelancers, you have plenty of methods to manage your life and help your loved one live better.
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