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Hello DeadInside, I am so sorry to hear about your father and it will be a great tragedy for him to know that he is unable to do what he was able to do, before this unfortunate injury, my absolute apologies are genuinely extended to him, and to answer your question, it's not going to be easy to communicate so he will understand what his condition entails.
I can only say this because my condition won't allow me to do what I was capable of doing and that frustrates me, so I certainly appreciate how your dad will be feeling.
Fortunately I have a son who is capable of doing what I once did, so for your father, it's going to require a social worker who he can feel comfortable in talking with, and may need for this to be ongoing until he can stabilise.
I wish him all the very best.
The challenges your dad faces sound truly overwhelming. The fact you'd be willing to trade places with him says so much about you, as a son and as an unselfish and deeply caring person. I believe every situation holds the potential to reveal to us who we truly are - caring, loving, deeply emotional, thoughtful, a battler (who continues the good fight), someone who's perhaps lost for a time, someone who's an inspiration for others etc.
If your dad finds himself deeply depressed, he'll need someone in his life who understands depression and what it can do to a person in so many ways. He'll need someone who has truly felt it and knows its brutal dialogue, someone who'll encourage him to express himself in whichever way he needs to. The most important thing of all is...take care of your own well being first in preparing to help another, so that you can remain a healthy resource for them.