are support staff overly helpful at times?

Moving out on your own has its challenges for anyone, but a unique set of challenges arises when you have a physical disability and require assistance from others to accomplish activities of daily living. Figuring out what you actually need help with and what you are capable of accomplishing on your own as well as the niceties of having them there to help is something that everyone who has support staff has to figure out.

What I mean by the niceties: the things that you can probably problem solve on your own, but having the help would free up your energy to do things you actually enjoy, things of leisure and recreation if you will. It is a fine balance I feel as sometimes people in support roles end up coming across as overly helpful, they mean well, but end up helping you in areas where you are actually capable and have the energy to do it on your own, sometimes I have to bite my tongue from saying something like how do you think I manage when you are not here. I know they mean well and I appreciate the help but it’s a bit frustrating when they want to help with the things I can do for myself.
Do you find people to be overly helpful at times?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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