Living in the place we call home

People told us that they did not always have a choice over where and with whom they live. Some people said that they are forced to share their living space with other people who they have not chosen to live with in order to access support.
   (the) local authority want my brother to live with 4-5 other people to share the costs of his support. Living like this for almost 20 years has led to him losing skills, confidence and independence because he is overlooked. As a
deafblind, learning disabled man, this shared support has meant he has disengaged from people and the world.”
   (want to be) Living in ‘an ordinary home’; doing things that are of interest and meaningful to me and alongside people I know and like; being/feeling well connected with family and friends and feeling a sense of belonging in my community. It does NOT mean ‘living like a young student’- sharing a property with others/ groups of people, worse still people I don’t know and where most living space is shared meaning I have to fit all my worldly goods in my bedroom.”
   I was put in a residential home 40 miles from home with no choice in the matter. I was the only person there without a
severe learning disability and I ended up in hospital due to how badly it went.”
   My Dad lives at home which is where he wants to be, but the walls on the stairs are not suitable for rails. I worry about him managing on the stairs as he has had a stroke. Also, the bath is not suitable for a bath board and he cannot get in and out of the bath. This means he can only have a strip wash with the help of his (selffunded) home-carer.”
   I need more help when I come out of hospital, just temporarily, and this shouldn’t be something I need to fight for or organise myself when the doctors have said it is a condition of me going home.”
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