Empathy in Action: Supporting People with Disabilities in Everyday Life
At times, we find ourselves on a unique journey that we didn’t exactly plan for, but it ends up teaching us more about love, resilience, and extraordinary strength. This is what we want to share with you today — some tips and lessons we’ve learned from families with disabled loved ones and supporting people with disabilities.
Life has a funny way of throwing curveballs our way. As Chicago and Southeast Wisconsin’s top accessible transportation providers, it’s been an incredible journey of navigating life with passengers near and dear who face unique challenges every day. It isn’t always easy, but it’s been a ride filled with countless moments of laughter, tears, and everything in between.
Here are a few things we’ve come to learn along the way, and we hope they let you know you’re not alone.
Understand Their Needs
Open communication is the foundation of supporting people with disabilities. Take the time to listen and understand their unique needs. Being there for a disabled loved one in need begins with a genuine acknowledgment of their experiences and perspectives. When we actively listen, we create a space for empathy to thrive.
This doesn’t always mean being there 24/7. But building some understanding between each other through kind conversations will work wonders in the long run.
Creating an Accessible Environment
Supporting people with disabilities also means ensuring their physical environment is accessible and comfortable. Consider home modifications and adaptive technologies that empower rather than hinder. We’ve picked up passengers who’ve made some renovations at their homes including ramps and installing stair lifts. Something as small as making medicine and treatment or food and snacks easier to reach can also be a big help for both of you.
By creating an accessible space, you contribute to their comforts and overall well-being.
Be That Support. Be That Connection
Beyond physical adjustments, emotional support is crucial in supporting people with disabilities. Be their pillar of strength, providing encouragement and understanding. Shared laughter, and shared tears — this involves fostering a connection that goes beyond our bodies.
When something comes up to keep us from being available (let’s face it, something always does), arrange moments of fun and togetherness with social activities. Like grandparents with their grandchildren, moments of deep connection go a long way.
Make Inclusive Lifestyle Choices
Depending on the severity of the disability and when it started, certain activities that you’ve long enjoyed in the past may no longer be possible. Embrace activities and events that are inclusive, ensuring your loved one can participate fully. An inclusive lifestyle enriches both your lives and creates shared experiences that strengthen bonds.
Supporting People with Disabilities with BriteLift
Being there for your disabled loved ones is a continuous journey of understanding, adapting, and embracing.
As you strive to create a supportive environment, consider exploring additional resources like BriteLift’s Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services. Book yourself or your loved ones a wheelchair-accessible ride by calling (847) 792-1212, through our online booking option, or by downloading our free mobile app. Take yourselves out on a trip around town. Spend time with each other. Additional passengers ride free!
These services are designed to enhance mobility for disabled passengers, wheelchair users, and senior loved ones. By incorporating such supportive services into your routine, you’ll further contribute to the well-being of those who need it the most.