Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

Young LadyInvisible Disabilities

There are some people you could look at and swear that nothing was wrong with them. Yet some are suffering pain and sickness that you could never even think about hiding, much less endure on a daily basis like they do. These people live their lives with hidden or invisible disabilities.

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caregiver2Tips for Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

If a disability is severe enough it may be wise to hire an in-home caregiver. If you are considering this idea, there are some things you should know to keep you out of trouble.

Basically there are two types of in-home caregivers. The first is someone you hire yourself and the second is an employee of a care-giving company with whom you have contracted. Both types of people have their pros and cons and you will need to decide which route to take.

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SSA-LogoSocial Security Disability Statistics for April 2014

Number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits who are disabled, under age 65-     14,292,000 (includes children receiving SSI).
The number of people receiving disability benefits increased by 26,000 during April.

The average monthly benefit amount for a disabled worker was $1,145.70.  

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man helping girlEaster Seals for People with Disabilities

Often we associate Easter Seals with helping infants and children, however, Easter Seals Disability services offers a wide variety of programs for adults, both young and old as well as their caregivers.

As one of its most extensive services, Easter Seals operates 50 adult day service centers in 15 states. Services vary by location, but as a whole, adults will find a place to socialize, be active and receive some healthcare services such as physical therapy and medical supervision. Additionally, the center enables the caregiver an opportunity to accomplish needed tasks, take a breather or even work a job.

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man with childA Quandary

When a family member becomes disabled the focus of the family shifts to the person with the physical maladies as they require additional care, support and attention. Unfortunately and not purposely, of course, other family members may suffer in the process due to lack of attention and lack of understanding. How much should life's dreams and plans be changed to accommodate the sick person?

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