F I N D I N G G R O U P H O M E S F O R T H E D I S A B L E D
A F T E R S T R O K E . . . C A N B E A J O B I N I T S E L F !
Maybe you can't go to your own home, and you want to go to a group home
for the disabled, after stroke. After stroke may cause you to need assistance
with daily living needs, and you don't want to live by yourself. You might
need the group home, after stroke on a long term basis or you might need it
for a short term. All situations are different due to the severity of the stroke,
the disabilities that have been acquired, and speed of recovery. You may be
completely independent with minor disabilities, but want the security of others
being around you in a home setting. Discuss your needs with your doctor.
After stroke, if looking for a group home, it will consist of 2 or more people
living there. You may want a home with only two people. On the other hand,
you may want one with 5 or 6 people. Maybe, you want a home with all one
sex...then again, you may want a co-ed group home. Do the residents smoke?
Do they drink? What is the ratio of bathrooms to bedrooms. These are
questions you will want to ask.
Check out the safety inside and outside the home. You may want ramps...you
may need grab bars in certain areas, like the bathroom. If you need these things,
make sure they have them. Set an appointment, if possible to meet the
resident (s). They'll want to meet you, as much as you want to meet them. Ask
what the rules of the house are! You want to know these ahead of time.
You might want to check with your state and/or county social services. Group
homes for the disabled will have certain guidelines to follow. They may have a
list of these homes available for you. Most states require licenses for group
The area the group home is located in is important, also. You may want a park
nearby. You may want a high school or college, where you can walk to football,
baseball, or basketball games. Depending on your disabilities, you may not be
able to drive. Check for bus services or other transportation services. Sometimes,
there are free services for the disabled, like transportation to take you to doctor
appointments, shopping, library and other activities around town.
Another thing to take into consideration, before moving into a group home is
common interests, especially if there are only one or two other people there. If
you are 60 years old, you may not want to live with two 20 year olds. They
may want parties on Friday nights, when you want to sleep. You may want a
tea party on Sat. afternoon, and they may want to blast the radio...these are
things to take into consideration. It's compatibility!
You will be living here. While you are here, you want it to be as safe, as
compatible, and comfortable as possible. Do your homework, before making a
move. It's your life...will it be perfect...of course, not. Nothing is perfect!
But, we can work on it being as close to perfect as we can get! It doesn't matter
where you move to, it will be a big change for you, along with living life after
a stroke. You have your work cut out for you! I wish you all the best.
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