Wheelchair Support Needs

I  have a physical disability that requires me to use a wheelchair for mobility. For my whole life, I have lived with my parents. While this is a great arrangement as I receive a lot of care and never get lonely, I do think it’s time for me to move out. As I am nearing my mid-late twenties, I find myself craving space and independence. I am so appreciative of everything my parents have done for me up until this point, but I think it’s time for me to start figuring out how to get by in life on my own.

My parents are nervous about me moving out, but I keep reassuring them that it will be a great experience for me. I’ve been looking at recommended specialist SDA housing options near Adelaide that meet my needs. I’m finding that involving my parents in this process has really helped them calm down and become comfortable with the idea of me moving out. 

After some research, my mum found a local SDA housing provider that could give me with everything I needed. The disability support worker was very thorough in assessing my needs and working with me to determine my support requirements.

As a result of my disability, it was ruled that I will need a home that has specific modifications so I can live comfortably and safely. Many homes aren’t catered for wheelchairs, so the SDA housing provider put in a lot of effort to offer me a property that was the right fit. We ended up finding a house that was equipped with wheelchair-accessible features such as wide doorways and hallways, and a home automation system that could be controlled by my voice. 

It’s been one month since I moved into my new home and I swear my parents have visited me almost daily. As time continues to pass, they’re slowly becoming more comfortable with the whole arrangement. I however have never felt better. I feel independent and am able to manage daily tasks and take care of myself with a lot more ease.