Vital Things Parents Should Consider When Expecting a Child With Special Needs
I had the pleasure of having Emily Graham from MightyMoms.net do this guest post for me. What great info!!
Each year, millions of children are born with disabilities. These children are special blessings in your life and can enrich you, body and soul. And, through the years, you’ll learn and grow along with your child. Whether your child has physical or mental disabilities, your home needs to be modified and usable. Doing big fixes can quickly eat away at your budget, but there are also smaller fixes that are inexpensive and just as useful. Here are a couple ideas.
Do a Couple of Big Fixes
Installing slip-resistant floors (like different types of tile) or automatic lighting are universal design projects with major benefits, as they increase home accessibility. If you need a ramp, there are multiple kinds you can easily install. Some are removable still provide access and durability. If you’re hoping for a longer-lasting ramp, then look at heavy-duty models that can withstand any temperatures and weather changes.
Look Into Other Fixes
Some individuals with disabilities recommend using smart home devices to simplify common daily tasks. However, other fixes can be as easy as buying and installing a new gadget in an hour or two, though others will require more work. These include slip-resistant rugs in lieu of revamping the floor; putting up grab bars by the stairs, sink, and tub; or installing a walk-in tub. As always, consult a professional if the work becomes too involved or dangerous.
Look at Your Insurance Options
All but three states require options for people with disabilities in health care coverage. Look at what your insurance offers. Also, Learn what your out-of-pocket limit — you may need to change up your insurance policy if the out-of-pocket limit is too high and you expect to be visiting your doctor a lot more frequently.
It’s also vital that parents look into their child’s eligibility for assistance through Medicaid, supplemental security income, or other government resources. Resources are available, but the trick, of course, is knowing where to look.
Work with Your Partner
Don’t forget that you and your partner are a team. This is even more important when a child has special needs. It can be easy to get stressed out and blame the other person when things aren’t going the way you want them to. Many parents find that their lives are fulfilling as they find ways to support and love their child, and they learn lessons together. Outline a plan of action with your partner. Always be there for each other, even when it’s difficult.
Join a Support Group
Learning from the experiences of other parents can help you to anticipate any difficulties you may experience. You can also talk about your own frustrations and discover that other people have gone through similar times and gain insight on how to get through it. If nothing else, you’ll have solidarity and know people who have gone through similar circumstances.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
An article from Boston University about parenting a child with disabilities suggests that self-care is vital for parents to care for their child most effectively and ensure their own health. Make sure you’re getting all your regular nutrients and are eating enough fruits and vegetables. When possible, try to get at least six hours of sleep every night. Exercise for about 10 minutes, or at least go for some longer walks. A little bit can go a long way.
It may feel like you have a lot on your plate as you prepare for a special needs baby. Sometimes, just taking things a step at a time by focusing on making improvements in one area, like upgrading your bathroom, can offer a place to start. Your baby will bring a lot of joy and meaning into your life, and it’s important to help them grow up in a safe and happy environment.