If you have a friend or family member who has recently had an accident they may need help rehabilitating. There’s a good chance they are on a lengthy NHS waiting list for all or part of the treatment they need, and even if not physical recovery can take some time. This is especially true after a major operation or where the accident has resulted in permanent or temporary loss of mobility in any way. Caring for someone in this position is not always easy. Aside from the physical demands, people who are feeling as if they suddenly have to depend on others to do everyday things for them are likely to feel frustrated. This frustration more often than not manifests itself as a crankiness or outright hostility towards the person trying to help them.
Coming To Terms With Injury
Often the hardest part about dealing with an injury is keeping a positive mental state. If an injury has affected mobility or the ability to complete simple everyday tasks then this can lead to mood swings resulting from frustration at the loss of independence. Keeping someone’s spirits up will aid them on the road to recovery but can be the most difficult of tasks if they are determined to be down on the world.
If you are caring for someone who needs help on a daily basis and who you feel is struggling to come to terms with this, try a few different approaches to see what works. Some people cannot help but begin to act positively when confronted with eternal cheerfulness whereas others will react better to a more brusque, practical approach. If the physical effects of injury are temporary it is of course easier to deal with. If there is a permanent change to ability then it can be an idea to ask their GP to recommend a therapist who can talk over how they may be feeling and discuss ways of dealing with low mood.
Whether your friend or family member has suffered a permanent or temporary loss of mobility, one of the most important things you can do for them is help them regain as much of their independence as possible. Although your help and your company will be appreciated (if not noticeably at first), it is possible to try and do too much for someone. The saying goes “Give a man a fish and he can feed his family today; give him the means to catch a fish and he can feed them every day.” This applies to those recovering from an accident as well.
There are plenty of aids you can purchase or rent, such as walking canes or rollators, which will allow the injured party to regain some mobility without relying on others all the time. This increased independence should in turn help lift mood and set them on the road to recovery.