Formal And Informal Supports, What’s The Difference?
Everyone needs a good support network and our lives are made better by having people to encourage us and help us out when we need it. When we need some advice, help thinking through a problem, or practical assistance for a task we cannot do on our own, we all call on people we know. This is a support network and it is important that we all have one. For a person living with disability, a support network may be especially important if they need particular or more assistance in daily activities. A wide and growing network of informal supports is key to keeping participants feeling supported and safe.
Working together both formal and informal can set routines, goals and even help participants reach a level of independence they’d not previously been able to achieve.