Getting your own place to live is a significant piece of the independence puzzle.
There are many things to consider before going out on your own. Can you pay your bills? Do you need assistance, and how will you pay for it? How will you cover the basics such as cooking, cleaning and laundry?
The housing situation that will work best for you depends on your abilities, limitations and funding...
You may be getting ready to graduate from high school, re-evaluating your life as an adult living with Mom and Dad, or starting over after the death of a spouse who took care of you for 25 years. For people with neuromuscular diseases, it can take a lot of effort to achieve independence.
When you're independent, you're in charge of your life. You make your own decisions...
Roy Avery attends college, as does his mother/caregiver, Ann.
College senior Roy Avery defines the difference between a parent and a caregiver this way:
“A caregiver is someone who’s there to help you meet your needs.