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  • What do you live in?? apartment/house/condo & with whom?

    I was curious what kind of home the rest of you lived in.... apartment, condo, or house? And do you live there with a spouse, gf/bf, family, or by yourself? And if you want to note your injury level that might be interesting too.

    I ask it because my gf and I are supposed to look into getting a place together this coming year... and finding a house, which we'd prefer, is difficult from the accessibility standpoint (access in and the bathroom being the 2 big hurdles)... condos are a bit better from the start accessibility wise but preference is towards a house if possible.

    So what's everyone else got going?

  • #2
    I am C5/6 and lived in my house for 27 years, but be forewarned that it is a lot of work with grass cutting, snow shoveling, and general maintenance. A lot of my income went to other people to provide such services. Three years ago I sold it and moved into a condo. Love it! Everything is taken care of for me except within my own walls. They keep the grounds beautifully, plant flowers, and shovel snow whenever needed. For me it a new lease on life and not being tied to a house.

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    • #3
      I'm C5/6 and moved from a rural house I adored to a city centre apartment to allow me to live on my own as independently as possible.

      I wouldn't change it as it is superb for amenities, shops, socialising and proximity to my office.
      C5/6 incomplete

      "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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      • #4
        I'm t4 and live in a house by myself. Very nice location & close to everything.

        Either my mom, bf or neighbor mows the grass for me, and my uncle plows out my driveway all winter. That kind of stuff hasn't been too much of an issue for me.
        Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.

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        • #5
          i`m c6-7 and live in a house with my mom ,sister and her son.without my family help and support i was dead after my sci.is a very nice area but accesibility for disabled sucks.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Eileen View Post
            I am C5/6 and lived in my house for 27 years, but be forewarned that it is a lot of work with grass cutting, snow shoveling, and general maintenance. A lot of my income went to other people to provide such services. Three years ago I sold it and moved into a condo. Love it! Everything is taken care of for me except within my own walls. They keep the grounds beautifully, plant flowers, and shovel snow whenever needed. For me it a new lease on life and not being tied to a house.
            whats the tub setup like in your condo... did u make a wheel-in shower? or us a bath-bench, or one of those commodes that slides off its wheels over the tub?

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            • #7
              When I bought my condo nothing about the bathroom was going to work, including the doorway itself. As part of my sales agreement I had them tear down a wall inside the bathroom, behind which was a huge closet with a door. I chose to open the whole area up into one big room for easier maneuvering, even if now someone using my bathroom also has to look at my clothes. I then had them widen the actual door to the bathroom to 36" wide so I can cruise in without hitting any of the woodwork, even if I am a bit off center. I chose to keep the original tub since it was in a location I could get exactly parallel to. It isn't terribly deep, so it makes getting my legs over the side fairly simple and making for a relatively easy transfer onto my shower chair. To accomplish all this they had to not only tear down the wall, open the doorway into the bathroom, but also lay down new floor to cover where the wall had been and paint the celiling again too. They didn't charge me anything extra to do the work, and that was three years ago, before the market crashed. Nowdays you could probably talk them into doing almost anything to get a sale.

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              • #8
                I forgot to write that if the day ever comes I find the transfer to the tub too difficult I will just have it removed and have a wheel-in stall put there, using the same drain that exists for the tub.

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                • #9
                  C6/7 My wife & I have had a house for 24 years , added ramps (front & back) & roll in shower & lift on the ceiling to get me in & out of bed .
                  Started with 3 bedrooms (had kids at home) now its 1 bedroom took out some walls after the kids moved out

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                  • #10
                    I live with my 12-year old in the middle of Oslo in a three rooms appartment I bought 4 years ago. Two bedroms and one livingrom, a bathroom with shower and a kitchen. I had another one just around the corner but it was 110 years old and not very accessible and impossible to make accessible s o I decided to move to a newer one. But that was a beautiful appartment, but it was too difficult to stay.
                    TH 12, 43 years post

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                    • #11
                      I live in a log home by a lake, 20 min from a decent size town. I live with my husband and 2 kids. I'm C-8. We did have to tear off the deck and buold a ramp, rip out the kitchen/bathroom, widen doors. But those were all areas of the house in serious need of repair/updating so we got a deal on the house. So I'd suggest looking for a fixer-upper and using the extra cash to modify the home.
                      Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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                      • #12
                        I live in a ground floor apartment. I haven't changed a thing for accessibility, I haven't had to. I'm a c6/7 live with my kids who are young adults, but don't get that twisted!! There teenagers and I still have to pick up after them most of the time, uugh!

                        The apartment is 3bd, 2ba, kitchen, living room, dining room, and it has a washer and dryer. I do hate living in an apartment, I haven't lived in one since I was 18. The upside is I'm close to shopping and my therapy. I couldn't push there since there are to many hills, but maybe someday.
                        "We're one but we're not the same. We get to carry each other" U2

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                        • #13
                          I'm a c6 complete quad and I live alone in an accessible two-bedroom apartment in a housing cooperative situated as downtown as downtown can get around here. It was a three-bedroom, but they took one of the bedrooms and turned it into an accessible bathroom. My neighbours are golden. Everything's close... 4 hospitals, 3 universities and the downtown core within a mile... It's noisy with all of the fire trucks, buses and drunk university students passing outside my front window but I'm used to it. In fact, I like to think the vibrant atmosphere keeps me feeling young. There's A LOT of snow in winter (we got a foot yesterday and I think I got frostbite on my foot from being out too long in -25 degree weather) but it gets cleared off the streets pretty fast.

                          It would take a hell of a lot to make me move out of here. Something like having my frostbitten toe amputated maybe... but I'll find out about that when I roll up to emerg in a couple hours.
                          www.worldonwheels.ca

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                          • #14
                            T8-9 walking para here with possible MS. Live in a one-story house with my partner of 15 years. My dad and brother built a ramp so that I can get my chair in and out and installed swing away hinges to make my office door wider (that's where I store my chair at home).

                            It's been a pain in the wallet hiring folks to take care of the yard, but we like living in a house with a fenced-in back yard so that we can have lots of animals and a small garden in the summer.

                            We've discussed moving to a condo when we get older and have less animals so that the outdoor maintenance won't be such an issue.
                            "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

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                            • #15
                              I'm C2 and have moved back with my parents and younger brother. It's a 2 story house where the ground floor has been renovate with wider doorways, hardwood floors, roll in shower and living area for me. The 2nd floor well it's the same I haven't been up there since.
                              And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed ... Dr. Seuss - Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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