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How can vulnerable people maintain their independence?

How can vulnerable people maintain their independence?

The concept of independence is quite easy to grasp. It simply refers to having full autonomy ad control over one’s life. When you are independent, evsery aspect of your life is controlled by you. For a typical human, independence starts as you come out of childhood through to adolescence and adulthood. While full independence for most people starts around adulthood, as they grow older or fall into the disabled category which makes them vulnerable, they begin to compromise their independence as they need people to help with certain tasks.

As much as it looks like they don’t need it, old and vulnerable people also need their independence. When vulnerable people retain their independence, it helps with their self-esteem, their sense of worth, and mental and even physical health. Maintaining their independence makes vulnerable people feel useful and less of a burden to their friends, family, and loved ones around them.

By also maintaining their independence, they may get to boost their confidence and feel like they can try their hands on other things, completing other tasks and gradually reducing their vulnerability. Thus, it is clear that helping vulnerable people maintain their independence does a whole lot of good for them. The all-important question now is “how do you maintain the independence of vulnerable people?” This article seeks to provide an answer to this all-important question.

While there are many ways through which we can help vulnerable people attain and retain their independence, the most effective remains a secure and adapted accommodation. Once you get the accommodation right for a vulnerable person, you are on track to helping them retain their independence.

Adapted accommodations are buildings built with an elderly or disabled person in mind. This means that certain adaptations and modifications will be made in the building so that these vulnerable people, regardless of their vulnerability, will be able to move around and go about their businesses with little or no help. When this happens, the process of retaining their independence starts and with time, they get to do things by themselves and get along without input from other people.

The modifications and adaptations that go into adapted accommodation are not out of this world or overly expensive. They include making simple design decisions that make the building safe for vulnerable people. For instance, the use of slip-resistant tiles and grab rails on the floors and walls of the bathroom for elderly and disabled people. This makes the bathroom safer for them and also means that they can go into the bathroom without anybody following them, hence their privacy and independence.

These design decisions are not hard to make but if you don’t want to go through the stress, there are service providers that provide high-quality mobile adapted accommodations for vulnerable people. Most times, these mobile housing solutions are quite affordable and very effective.

Another way of ensuring independence for vulnerable people is by helping them get remote jobs. As long as they can work from the comfort of their homes and don’t have to move some distance to get to work, they can make money, achieve career progression and improve their overall well-being.