The right choice of housing for adults with disabilities can make a significant difference in the quality of life your loved one has. One choice that needs to be made when choosing where to house him or her is what kind of independent living is best for them. Independent living may be the best choice. Most of us are used to living in residential places like apartments, condominiums, or rental apartments where we have no say over who will be our neighbors, whether we can get in or out of the house, or how much distance we have to travel to do things like go to the grocery store or visit friends and family.
For an adult with a disability, those housing options become even more important, since they often cannot buy or rent on their own. For this reason, they depend heavily on the people around them. You need to determine if an adult with a disability can live independently, without requiring extra help. If not, one option is a residential group home. In these facilities, several disabled people live together, with a supervisor/helper, and they assist one another, one doing what another can't do and complimenting each other by doing what they can for the others.
The best type of housing for adults with disabilities is probably assisted living homes. This is where the residents are not asked to do most of the things they would normally do. For instance, if the resident needed help getting to the bathroom, someone is there. If the resident needed help getting to the kitchen or help getting groceries, someone is available to give that kind of assistance.
Knowing his or her limitations, you can choose the type of group home or assisted living home that best suits your loved one. For instance, if your loved one has a physical disability, then he may benefit from living in an assisted living facility called a residential care facility. Here, the residents have the freedom to live on their own and do as they please but there is always someone available to help out.
If your loved one is confined to a wheelchair, then he or she will most likely need to live with someone. In this case, he or she will need to have an accessible bathroom and preferably a recreation area. The house may come equipped with some basic amenities such as a telephone, television, and radio, but more often than not you will have to customize the equipment to meet his or her specific needs. You will need to look into the details of the house and the level of independence that are provided by the residents' physical disability.
Another type of housing option that you may want to consider are senior independent living homes. This usually refers to homes designed specifically for seniors. Seniors in their golden years can face a number of problems that will make living alone impossible or difficult, such as Alzheimer's disease, dementia, depression, or even severe arthritis. These conditions can make it difficult for them to get around their home, let alone perform ordinary daily tasks. In order for seniors to be able to continue living independently, they must have a place to live where they feel safe and can maintain their independence. Senior independent living homes provide this type of environment for seniors who are then more able to take care of themselves.
Steve Schafer is the founder of TheEulogyWriters and the author of hundreds of heartfelt, wonderful eulogies. He lives in Michigan and has been writing eulogies for well over thirty years. The articles in this blog are designed to help people through the process of losing loved ones and exploring issues in the aging process.
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