A Communal Living Space For People With Disabilities
Ok, so this is just kind of a pipe dream that I’ve been sitting on for a while, but I am talking about it with an SMA friend later today. I have this idea for an apartment complex or some kind of living space where people with disabilities could live.
Personally, my dream lifestyle is not to have a wife, kids, and a house of my own. I would like to get married eventually, but the idea of managing a house doesn’t really appeal to me personally. It’s the more traditional path that a lot of people go for, but it’s just not me.
For me, I want to be around people, and in a more communal atmosphere. Working from home is isolating enough, but the idea of just living on my own sounds even more lonely. It works for a lot of people, and that’s great, but I’m working on a different plan for my future. I’m fortunate to have a good setup where I can live at home with my parents, and I have a strong team of caregivers with me throughout the week. My parents don’t have to do nearly as much for me as they used to, but they still take care of me some. I know I can’t keep my living situation the way it is forever.
Plus, I have a ton of friends with SMA and other disabilities who are in worse situations than I am. I have a friend who has to move back in with her parents because she can’t afford to be on her own, and she’s even on disability. Then there are others who don’t get any outside care or anything. I’m trying to think of a solution that goes beyond just meeting my needs.
Again, it’s just an idea at this point, but I’m giving it serious thought. I have a business friend who I’m going to talk to as well. My idea would be to have several caregivers there at the complex at all times, with rotating shifts. Then a portion of residents’ rent would go toward paying caregivers. Then we’d have rooms for everyone, and sort of a shared living room space with a kitchen, and maybe a bar. My dream look for this place stems from the clubhouse in Sons of Anarchy lol. There could also be a recreational room, and maybe an indoor, accessible pool. When I dream, I dream big.
I know I’m just spitballing ideas right now and trying to gauge interest from friends, but it’s something I’m going to really strive for. What do you all think?