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Social Work & Disability

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Results Mr. Shanono’s mild learning disability and personality disorder not only endangers his life but also the lives of those around him. He was once detained under section (2) of the Mental Health Act due to his violent and threatening behaviour. Financial strain is one of the major challenges which families and carers of the disabled cite. Disability places extra financial demands on the family and carers as families end up spending twice or even more than what they have been spending (Lardner, 2006). This money is required to take care of their illnesses whether mental or physical, their special education, as well as the damages caused by them.

Also, since most of the disabled person demand for maximum attention, a family member or carer has to be present at all times to attend to them. This means that they are limited in their income generation capabilities (Lardner, 2006). Analyses by Lovallo (2005) indicate stress and depression as among the challenges carers undergo when taking care of persons with disability. Violence and other life threatening behaviours demand that a carer must always be on the lookout.

Statics of primary research quoted by Lovallo suggest that 80% of parents and carers complain of burnout while take care of a person with disability. A third impact of disability to carers and families is possible resentment or seclusion from the community due to negative attitude. Persons with disability and their caregivers withdraw from the rest of the community (HUBERT, 2000). This mostly happens when neighbours and people in the community react inhumanly against the challenged persons (Yuker, 1988). Discussion The case of Mr. Shanono serves as evidence to the financial strains which a families dealing with cases of disability face.

Every time Shanono’s condition worsened there had to be an assessment done and prescription given as a solution to the problem. Other overhead costs emanate from the demand of specialized education, health care, and other social services. It is also worth noting that mental disability can cause the family to deal with costs of damages. For instance, Mr. Shanono threatened to burn their house. If enough caution had not been taken into account, the family will have to rebuild their house from scratch.

All these are very costly and result to unimaginable financial strain to the family. Secondly, the family of Mr. Shanono had to be always on the lookout in case he reveals the life-threatening behaviours. This results to burnouts which eventually translate to stress and depression to those involved.

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