Caring for the Mentally Challenged

Just as parents may need care when they develop certain health conditions children who are mentally challenged also need special care when they become adults. The special needs of such children become complicated as they reach puberty.

Care Options Available

Family members. Many adult children live at home with family members as their primary care providers. According to one web source, 76% of individuals with developmental disabilities live at home. In a quarter of these situations, the average age of the adult child was 38; caregivers were age 60 or older.

Home health aides or personal care attendants. Depending on the child's level of need, these providers come into the home to help family members in a variety of ways. READ MORE