If a health or disability issue is making it hard for you to stay living at home, help is available.
Life is full of times of transition where we move from one stage to another. Managing these is not always easy. One such transition can come when a health or disability issue means we are no longer able to manage in our own homes. We may have been able to get by with family support but that is now not enough to provide for our needs. If you haven’t already, it’s time to call in the professionals.
A good place to start is with a visit to your GP. Do you understand any health issues you may have? Have you told your GP about anything that’s worrying you? Perhaps you can’t do the housework or shower safely. They need to know these things so they can help you plan too. They and others at your healthcare service are probably going to be some of your best advocates and supporters in the future.
At some stage your doctor may suggest you get an assessment. This helps determine your needs, your eligibility for services and how you can best be supported.
Facing change can be stressful. One of the most successful strategies for coping with it is managing your thinking. It can be tempting when facing an unknown future to allow things to evolve haphazardly as they will. However, it is possible to achieve a planned outcome that works better for you in the long term and one you are ultimately happier with.
Help is available to keep you living well in your own home. Making Life Easier powered by Eldernet can help you and your family. Visit https://www.eldernet.co.nz/making-life-easier to find help and services across all regions of New Zealand.