Many caregivers are found to suffer from social isolation since they spend much time with the disabled person that they lose touch with their everyday life .
Some of my life experiences on the effect of taking care of a disabled person are based on lifestyle and mental health. When taking care of a patient with a disability, the lifestyle of the patient is not the only one which changes but also the lifestyle of the caregiver. As a caregiver, you stop being self-centered and you give all your attention and resources to the disabled person. For instance, these people with disability need specialized care, e.g. physiotherapy and, before you acquire this specialized care you will part with a lot of money which in most cases will result to some of your savings ending and a change in lifestyle. When this takes happens, one will not be in an easy position to continue with your normal lifestyle because you will not have spare money to spend on leisure according to the way your lifestyle used to be before you started taking care of the disabled person.
While taking care of a disabled person, the patient will need to be watched around the clock, this has an effect on the caregiver because he/she will not have the time to do his/her own personal activities, therefore, in some way this has an adverse effect on the lifestyle the caregiver was used to. Also, a disabled person may need to eat certain kinds of meal, be it balanced or nutritional or both, while acquiring these foods, these foods are hard to get especially with this economic hard times, it is also difficult to put a balanced diet for the table especially, the exotic ones recommended by the doctor in charge of your patient.
When taking care of a disabled person, you have to assist him/her to do all his/her daily routines and failure to do so might result to health ...Show more