Caring for an individual with IDD

Caring for an Individual with Developmental Disability

Being a primary caretaker or family member for someone who has developmental, behavioral, intellectual disability can present many difficult obstacles—but these difficulties may come with great reward when they’re overcome by those willing to work on them together.

If you are in this position, know that there is no set formula for handling it so be sure to take the time and learn your loved one’s needs as well as yours. Challenges abound when you are a family member or primary caregiver for someone with disabilities, but they can be overcome by love and patience.

The weight of being a caregiver can be an immense burden. Some people may feel as if their life has been limited or compromised because they are caring for another person, but this is not always the case! It takes time and patience to find your balance in order to care without feeling overworked.

There are many ways that you can support yourself while also staying mindful about how much work you’re taking on. Watch out for the following signs of caregiver stress:

  • Feeling tired and moody
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling like you don’t have time for yourself
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Feeling lonely or sad
It is natural to experience stress when caring for others. It can be difficult, and it’s tempting sometimes just to give up or push through the negative feelings that come with caregiving. But taking time off from your responsibilities is important as well—it allows you a break so you don’t get burnt out while simultaneously giving someone else an opportunity to help take some of the pressure off.

Strive ABA Consultants is here for you. When you need help, know that we are always available to answer your questions or provide guidance and assistance throughout the process.

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