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Wanted to share information about residential community for blind adults - July 15th 2013, 12:44 AM

Hi everyone,
I just wanted to share a little information about the place I'm living in Chicago in the hopes that it might help someone else. [Edited by Kakorrhaphiophobia] is a supportive living community. It is not a nursing home and no one there has guardianship over anyone here. Here everyone has their own one bedroom or studio apartment, and there are many services provided. We eat meals in the dining room, and there are microwaves and fridges in our apartments. There are lots of activities like weaving, music and movement, someone coming to read the paper, women's group, pet therapy,low vission support group once a month, music and history, crosswords, bingo and more. In addition residents are each given $25 per independent outing, meaning that if you want to go to a play or sporting event with a friend and give the department enough notice they'll pay for it.
We also have Certified nursing asistants here 24/7 which makes me at least feel very secure. Nurses are there much of the day to help with medication management and any health issues that come up. We also have housekeeping once a week.
The minium age someone can move in is 22. We are getting some younger people in their thirties which is refreshing and I hope more will come. That's why I'm spreading the word about this place. It might not be for everyone but it's the best thing for me. I couldn't see myself living alone. Here I have privacy and support with things I need help with. I feel less isolated and alone. For the first time I have friends in my life. I feel so useful as I've been working closely with the staff on several projects from advocatting for pet therapy, to connecting [color=red[Edited by Kakorrhaphiophobia)[/color] with local universities. I think it especially helps my depression and anxiety knowing that certain things are taken care of. I've been able to leave an alcoholic family thanks to this place and so would recommend it to anyone and am happy to answer questions.

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Re: Wanted to share information about residential community for blind adults - July 15th 2013, 04:29 PM

That sounds really good for you, it sounds like an amazing place to be I hope things continue to get better for you.

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Re: Wanted to share information about residential community for blind adults - July 16th 2013, 04:15 AM

It definitely sounds useful.
I know for me, it would be useful in between moving on my own. Right now, I live with my family when I'm not at school however at some point, I am going to need to move out in the future and do something with my life.
I really like how it offers therapy and other services, I believe I would find those useful.
I also wouldn't mind the oppurtunity to connect with other blind/visually impaired people.
I am really glad that living there is helpful to you and I hope that you continue to enjoy the time you spend there and that you can receive all of the help you need and deserve.

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Re: Wanted to share information about residential community for blind adults - July 17th 2013, 02:20 AM

This sounds like a really cool place. I'm glad that you're so happy there!

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