Aged Care - Disability - Enablement and Independence
Enablement is an appropriate model of care to assist a person to regain capacity after acute illness or exacerbation of chronic illness. Engaging in physical activity, adopting certain behaviours or lifestyle choices and having the resources and opportunity to actively participate in activities of daily living can reduce the overall impact of disability and improve quality of life. Many people with disability including those caused by chronic illness often have limited knowledge and understanding about their condition/s and feel that they lack control over their illness and life in general. Chronic illness can wear people down. Regular doctors’ visits, hospitalisations, pain, associated depression or anxiety and the need for help from unpaid or paid carers can leave people believing that there is little that they can do for themselves. They often then become isolated from their community and may no longer participate in employment, social, cultural or spiritual pursuits. The disability becomes the focal point in their lives and consequently their sense of value, self-worth and contribution to the lives of others and their community diminishes.