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    Are there any disabled living communities out there?

    I have an idea of a group of single family homes, for primarily disabled residents. The group could share he cost of care givers, group buying power together for things like lawncare, laundry, housekeping, etc. I'm thinking of folks who already live basically independent lives but still need services like attendant care in the am and pm. I have a lot of ideas about this, but don't want to reinvent the wheel if something like this already exists.
    I still play hard http://www.miata.net/motm/2007/thomson.html

    #2
    Yes, such places do exist. What country/state are you in? (a complete profile makes responding to questions much easier).

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      There area few apartment buildings in London (Ontario, Canada) like this .. they were around when I was first paralyzed in 1985.

      Also a community in Michigan though where exactly escapes me at the moment. They do exist.
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      T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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        #4
        I believe one place is Otter Lake, Michigan. I toured several one story apartments in a lovely country setting. Inside was barrier-free design, except kitchen, as attendant care was expected for meal prep and personal care. About a block away, the builder had set up an accessible dock and pontoon boat.
        Wondering if one issue would be finding residents, as they would probably be relocating to live there - in such a rural setting don't think you'd find enough persons with a significant disability requiring attendant care.
        Perhaps this idea would be more attractive to those who want to be close to accessible transportation, subway systems, etc. - a city or town with access to many amenities.
        I once visited a similar place in Sweden. I felt it was too large, felt somewhat isolated from the outside community. Don't forget the concept of mainstreaming would apply here too.

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          #5
          The name of the community in Otter Lake Mi is Evergreen Grove. We toured there maybe 5 years ago. As Triumph said, kitchens are not too accessible as homes are largely designed for individuals using personal care help. I do believe there is some pca sharing. The homes are arranged in a horse shoe shaped area outside a tiny Michigan town with a nice lake where the developer keeps a pontoon boat for use of residents and the area's disabled community. The developer is quite a character - his best friend had MS and community was started as a place for him, but he passed away. There is a nice community fire pit and not far from the housing is a paved rails to trails bike/walk trail which I think is maybe 14 miles long. There is a website you can check out.

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            #6
            Out of curiosity...any idea what the HOA fees might be on such an operation?

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              #7
              I am in southern Indiana, but have a strong desire to move south, it's 5 degrees here right now. I'm 52 and when my father passes, which hopefully won't be anytime soon, I'll have no reason to endure weather like this again.
              I still play hard http://www.miata.net/motm/2007/thomson.html

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                #8
                Originally posted by Andy View Post
                Out of curiosity...any idea what the HOA fees might be on such an operation?
                Unfortunately not, I had the impression it might be pricey. We didn't get into details because we only live 20 miles away and at this point would not consider giving up a completely accessible kitchen.

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                  #9
                  Anyone aware of any such low-cost community in PA, especially in-and-around Philadelphia. Thanks.

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                    #10
                    I often have fantasies of such a place. The relief to be able to socialize with other disabled people would be amazing, and that is just one aspect. It ought to be in FL or someplace warm, though! You would think a group of disabled people could take over a condo development or neighborhood just to make this happen
                    chair user since 2009 from a neurological disorder

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                      #11
                      Unfortunately, a lot of times there are legal challenges in developing something like this. For example, in CA, if there is a group home that provides personal care to more than 3 unrelated people, the law requires that there be a licensed nurse on the premises at all times. This created problems for several AIDS group homes in my area back in the 1990s and a number were shut down.

                      This program in California was actually initially "New Start Homes" (started in the 1980s) and had to get a special legislation passed from the state to create their program, which is really geared as a transition program from rehab center or nursing home to community living: http://www.freedomtolive.org/wp/

                      I have heard about this one in Vancouver, BC before. Perhaps some of our Canadian members know more about it: http://creekviewhousingco-op.com/

                      (KLD)
                      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                        #12
                        My thoughts exactly!!! Maybe work with a local city government and buy up an impoverished area, rehab all of the homes to accessible standards, and improve the whole area in the process?
                        I still play hard http://www.miata.net/motm/2007/thomson.html

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                          #13
                          Google images, shipping container homes. You will be amazed at how these steel structures are used. In Myrtle Beach, SC there is a neighborhood for Veterans with the housing made of shipping containers.
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                            #14
                            What about areas of the country where there are more gimps in general?
                            chair user since 2009 from a neurological disorder

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Sarafino View Post
                              What about areas of the country where there are more gimps in general?
                              You're there! Colorado late in ski season fits that description.

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