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Living at home with a non-visible disability

Not all disabilities are obvious, or visible. Whenever we think about a person having a disability, we might automatically assume that we would know from looking at a person's physical appearance i.e. someone who is a wheelchair user, or a person who is blind using a walking cane, but many people with disabilities go about their daily life undetected.

Some examples of non-visible disabilities might include;

  • Diabetes
  • Irritable Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s
  • Bipolar, Anxiety or Depression
  • Autism and Dyslexia

With non-visible disabilities, it is important to emphasise that even though the disability cannot be seen, it does not mean it does not exist.


Why is it important we talk about non-visible disabilities?

80% of all disabilities are invisible [Invisible Disability Ireland] which can mean that societies attitudes towards non-visible disabilities can, at times, be problematic. Talking about non-visible disabilities can help change attitudes, educate and raise awareness of invisible disabilities.


Living independently with a non-visible disability?

Living with a disability doesn't mean sacrificing independence; many people choose to live independently with a disability, and this is made possible with the correct support in place. Assistive Technology solutions can also help make independent living possible for those with disabilities by supporting with their activities of daily living. HaloCare works across the three pillars of care, Safety, Social & Wellness and Vital Sign Monitoring to provide a holistic approach to wellness at home.


How can we make homes more accessible for those with non-visible disabilities?

Not all disabilities are the same, and accessibility might look different for everyone. It’s important to take this into consideration whenever implementing any of the tips below. If you are making your loved one's home more accessible, ensure they are included at every stage of the journey, and they can give their opinion freely on what works best for them.

Flexible Design:

  • Opt for an open floor plan to allow for easier manoeuvrability.
  • Ensure rooms are spacious enough to accommodate any mobility aids or additional equipment the individual might have.
  • Consider how the space can be adapted for those who might benefit from sensory stimulation i.e. alternative seating, implementing different textures and tactile experiences


  • Install bright, evenly distributed lighting to improve visibility.
  • Consider motion-activated lights throughout the home.

Consider accessibility in all rooms of the home:

  • Install pull-out shelves and drawers for better reach.
  • Use lever-style handles on cabinets to make it easier for individual who may have limited mobility or power in their hands.

Smart Home Technology:

  • Implement smart home features, such as voice-activated controls for lights, thermostats, and other appliances.
  • Implement a climate control system that is easily adjustable for individuals of all abilities.
  • Make a dedicated social space where individuals will feel motivated and encouraged to use technology to stay in contact with loved ones i.e. setting up a desk & chair with a tablet where the user can sit somewhere comfortably and speak with loved ones.


About HaloCare

HaloCare is a 24/7, 365-day technology enabled care solution for people who wish to remain independent in their own homes but need a little extra support day-to-day. HaloCare adopts a holistic approach to patient-centred care and have three core pillars at the foundation of everything they do: Safety, Social & Wellness, and Vital Sign Monitoring.


Safety: Keeping clients safe at home is paramount. HaloCare Technology is best-in-class and developed to promote independence which gives HaloCare clients and their Circle of Care the peace of mind that, should anything happen in the home (for example an unusual pattern in client behaviour), the HaloCare team will be alerted and can intervene when required.


Social and Wellness: Social isolation can become a problem, particularly for older people or those living with a disability. HaloCare offer a bespoke service where trained Care Specialists will call clients, at their request. This service helps to keep clients connected and works in conjunction with family visits and homecare support. The HaloCare solution supports clients, so they can carry out their activities of daily living while delivering better physical and mental health outcomes through a blended approach of virtual homecare solutions.


Vital Sign Monitoring: Vital Sign Monitoring technology allows care professionals timely access to precise information including blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate, without the client having to leave the comfort of their home. The HaloCare solution means clinicians will have accurate and up-to-date data at hand to make decisions around the individuals' health.

HaloCare is built to the highest International Standards and Best Practice in Governance and is led by a highly trained team so clients and their Circle of Care can put their trust in HaloCare.

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