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Posted by Marilyn on January 18, 2000 at 10:45:02:

In Reply to: How do disabled people live on their own posted by Ryan W on January 10, 2000 at 14:52:06:

Dear Ryan

I'm a middle age women with cerebral palsy. After my marriage broke up I lived on my own for severe years. I was able to do my own shopping, housekeeping (though it wasn't very good) etc. Now, after an unsuccessful operation, I am no longer indeppendent and need attendent care on a daily basis. I now live in a regual aparting building in an accessible appartment. There are six people in my building who need attendent care.
There are also people who need an attendend care, in a building across the road. Attendent care is provided by the March of Dimes who have a office in my building. The attendent are booked to come in regularily 4 times a day. You can make extra bookings or call them on the phone when need. You can also ring a bell to call them in an emergency. Some of the people in my building use communication boards or need to stay in bed most of the time. The amount of attendent depends on your individual needs. Each person must be able to manage their own finances and be able to give directions to the attendent. The main difficlty in getting attendent care is the lack of subsidized housing. Some people have an outiside agency come to their home on a regular schedule. Others get a government grant to hire their own attendents.

If you have specific questions please e-mail me at [email protected]

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