Young Adults And Disabilities: How To Find The Best Living Accommodations For Your Child

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If your disabled child has reached adult age and has expressed a desire to move out on their own, it is not uncommon to have mixed emotions. Your child should have the same opportunities as everyone else to have independence and live a normal life, but you will also want them to have the assistance they need.  Examining various housing options will help you narrow down the choices and find one that is best for your child.

Accommodations at home

For an adult child who requires only minimal assistance but wants more independence, one option is to build a home addition or separate housing unit next to a parent's home. This is a great way to help your disabled child develop independence while having the supervision they are used to. This also gives you a chance to observe how well your child will adapt to moving out and living more independently prior to them making a bigger move away from home.

Residential homes for the disabled

Residential homes can be a great option for young adults who need moderate assistance with activities of daily living but still wish to have some independence. Staffed by workers who provide guidance with meal preparation and assistance with basic hygiene needs, residential homes often have just a few residents. Residential homes are a good choice for young adults who prefer a living environment that is more like the home they grew up in.

Private community living for disabled

Private community living options may include units with multiple apartments or cottages for independent living and can be quite large. Community-style living gives residents a chance to participate in standard community life with others. Residents share in household chores and recreational activities, and transportation is provided for residents who are not able to drive.

Intermediate care facilities

For young adults who need supervised care around the clock, intermediate care facilities are a good choice. These facilities may only have a small group of residents due to the extensive care residents require. Residents may share a bedroom with another resident, and recreational outings are often provided for residents to keep them actively involved in community life.

Living an independent life is often the desire of many disabled young adults. This can create a mixed bag of emotions for parents worried about their child's safety. Fortunately, there is a wide range of housing options available to help your young adult have the freedom they want while still being able to get the proper care and assistance they need with their activities of daily living.

For more information about living resources for young adults with disabilities, contact a local facility.


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