One of the frustrating times in life is when you can’t work. Bills need to get paid, but there isn’t money coming into your home. There are several ways to make this transition easier. The first is taking steps to ease the financial burden.
Get the Benefits You Are Entitled To
If your impairment is due to injury or illness, it’s often necessary for you to file for disability. Knowing what’s involved for success with filing for your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and other important issues can ease the stress a little.
It’s no secret that getting money for your injury or illness when unable to work for a long time is not always easy. The Social Security Administration defines disability, for their purposes and in part, as being unable to work for at least 12 continuous months. This is a complex process, but like any journey, it starts with one step. In our case, that step is to submit a social security disability application in person (with an appointment) or, preferably, online.
Modify Your Home
The extent of your disability will have an impact on your mobility. For instance, if you’ve suffered a severe injury to your leg, this may make it hard to move around with ease.
While this will likely have a serious influence on your life, one thing you can do is adapt your home to your condition. There are several things you can do to your property that will make a living easier.
Below are ways to make your living space user-friendly for those with a disability:
1. Stairlifts – You shouldn’t have to struggle to get from one from floor of your home to another one. Avoid this concern is by purchasing a stairlift you can use daily. This device will automatically move you up and down the stairs.
2. Ramp – Getting in and out of your house with ease is necessary. Adding a ramp can help do this each day with less difficulty.
3. Extra Hardware – Putting rails in the bathroom area near the toilet and the shower can give you more confidence moving about.
4. Physical Changes – It may even become necessary to widen doorways, lower countertops or move electrical outlets for easier accessibility.
Get Support From Family Members
Being disabled doesn’t just affect you. While you face the biggest challenges, your friends and family are going to need to make adjustments as well. You may need to rely upon them more to get to and from appointments or the grocery store or with maintaining your home.
Also, how much, and with whom, you socialize will change. You won’t be having lunch with your (now former) co-workers and you may not be able to make your weekly Sunday morning tee time. So, in order to maintain your mental equilibrium, it may be necessary to find new activities with your current circle of friends or, perhaps, add new friends to your life.
It’s essential to think of things you can do to make life easier when you have a disability. Many things will change in your life…physical, emotional and financial. Knowing that help is available can ease these concerns.