Updated: Jul 10
First know who can be on a support team. This team can be made up of members such as but not limited to:
Aides & Medical Staff
Teachers & Mentors
Neighbors, Friends & Family
Resource, Government & Community Workers
Before you can begin you must identify certain areas. Some questions to consider are:
What do I need help with?
What type of assistance do I need?
What type of assistance does your loved one need?
What do I need to watch for and track?
Where do I look?
Who out of my support systems might know where to go?
If you do not have a support system who should be first?
Once you have identified the important areas, what is also equally important is getting the individual involved where possible. We all want what is best for everyone and although we try to do this by making certain choices there is always a possibility it can backfire.
Involving your loved ones in the process can help ensure it is what is best for them. It helps them feel more comfortable, supported and promotes their independence. It can also help them build confidence in their own abilities to express their needs, wants and their overall health and well-being.