How Families Cope with Taking Care of Loved Ones with Disabilities

Learn About How Families Get Through Having Loved Ones With Disabilities


Having someone in your home with disabilities can be difficult and can be an emotional experience. Whether your family member has been battling with their condition since birth or their disability has only onset suddenly, there is a lot of responsibility in taking on the needs for a person with special needs.

Practical, Social and Emotional Perspectives

Research studying practical, social and emotional perspectives when caring for a family member with disabilities compiled four common themes when they examined the views of both families and professionals who support people with disabilities. 

  1. Practical/Logistical Concerns
    1. Addressing Special Needs for Activities, Events, etc.
  2. Disrupted Family Dynamics
    1. Split families and time pressures
  3. Emotional Burden
    1. Stress and exhaustion
    2. All family relationships under pressure
    3. Experiences of stigma
  4. Positive Experiences
    1. Close families
    2. Supporting others
    3. Changed perspectives

It’s important for families to address these challenges and find solutions and resources to ease the difficulty to increase positive experiences. 


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Adapting for the Better

When families recognize the issues that they may be experiencing, they are more able to get the help they need before it becomes too much to handle. Joining support groups or seeking professional counseling can help families through the disrupted family dynamics and emotional burdens. For practical/logistical concerns, there are many available resources that many families are unaware of.

Many times family members of loved ones with disabilities are juggling responsibilities and need reliable transportation that caters to their accessibility needs. BriteLift is Chicagoland and Southeast Wisconsin’s trusted resource for 24/7 wheelchair accessible transportation. 

Family members’ pressure is relieved when they use the BriteLift App or Online Booking Tool to manage their loved one’s transportation needs. Gain peace of mind knowing their rides are scheduled ahead of time for their appointments with highly trained, experienced and certified drivers that take patients all the way into their destinations.

BriteLift is also great for transportation for any occasion like fun family activities, the airport, grocery store, and more. Plus, additional passengers ride free!

BriteLift Helps Families Get Through

Putting passengers’ needs first, BriteLift is built on providing empathy and understanding when serving our community’s accessible transportation needs. We take pride in going the extra mile and assisting passengers door-through-door, all the way into their destinations to ensure that everything goes smoothly. 


Call 847-792-1212 customer service 24/7 to reserve an accessible ride. Download the BriteLift App or book online for easy and convenient booking and tracking of multiple rides.

Advanced Reservation, Multiple Stops & On-Demand Rides

With BriteLift you can reserve multiple rides in advance. You can manage all your rides online or with our mobile app. Reserving in advance means you’ll always have a dedicated vehicle at the exact time you need it.
We strive to provide on-demand rides where possible. Call our Customer service center to discuss your plans.

Now Serving South-East Wisconsin

Great news! BriteLift is now serving the southeastern Wisconsin area. Same great advantages, with an extended service area.

Contact our 24/7 customer service for  a free quote. Reserve a ride with BriteLift today by calling 847-792-1212, downloading the free mobile app, or booking online.

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