The ageing process is never good for anyone. You get the joints aches and pains and numerous other tiny calamities that you cannot cure. Then there is a part of seeing your children looking at you sadly and trying to help you as well. Out of the numerous ailments that come your way when you are slowly dying, paralysis is one of the worst. It is devastating for the patient and also for others around him or her. One day you will be living a normal life, then the other day you will lose all feeling in a part of your body.
Dealing with the news
Your life may fall apart whether you are the patient or the immediate family. But from the side of the immediate family, you must become a pillar of optimism and happiness for the paralytic family member. You must always show support and a smile and never give up or tell any different to the one who is suffering. A paralysis is an ordeal that will bring waves of grief and sadness into a house so you must take care to brush these off and become a pillar for the patient. Otherwise there will be no light at the end of the tunnel and it will spiral into depression and isolation. If you need to make medical arrangements for caring for the patient, then go for in home aged care and regular doctor’s appointments.
How to help them help themselves
For partially paralytic members, you should always encourage them to take care of themselves as much as they are physically able to. If legs are the source of paralysis, then go for monkey bars and other handlebars to help them move around as much as they can by using their hands. If one side is paralyzed then all movements that can be done by the remaining active side must be encouraged. Getting help from an occupational therapist and a physical therapist will become a must. If you are working and cannot leave your paralytic member alone then research well and go for home care services. Some items that will come helpful for a paralysis patient are levels/ handlebars, long handled toothbrushes, wheelchairs with a good set of tires and cardiac tables and such. These items may prove vital in some instances of making sure that they are able to keep themselves active.
You will need to take them out as many times as possible. Go for picnics and one day trips to a place that they are fond of. Keeping them inside for prolonged periods of time is highly harmful to the mentality and vitality of the patient.