When You Don't Live in a Home
You can choose how you live if you live in your own home
"There's no place like home." "Your home is your castle." Why
do people say this?
- You feel relaxed at home.
- You can be yourself at home.
- You have freedom at home.
- You can make choices at home.
- You might live with people you are close to.
You still have some freedom to choose when you live
Some people with spinal cord injuries live with their family
- Some people live with their parents.
- Some people live with other loved ones.
- Frank lived with
his brother for a while.
- Now Frank lives with his girlfriend and their
- Tom lived with his uncle.
- Some people live with friends.
"couch-surfed" at his friends' houses.
(This wasn't a good idea. He got pressure ulcers.)
- Some people live with their partners.
What choices can you make about your
You might be able to have a pet where you live. They can
make you feel good!
- The way it looks:
- Nice colors on the walls and furniture.
- Pretty pictures.
- Plants that grow.
- Flowers in a vase.
- Lots of light, from windows or lamps.
- A pet.
- Not all places allow a pet. Check the
- Some places that say "no" to dogs and cats still say "yes" to
a small pet.
- Even a small pet, like a fish or hamster, can make you
- The things that are easy to reach.
- Is it easy to get around in your home?
- Being able to move around a place easily is called accessibility
- For tips about making your home right for you, read our page
It might not be the same when you don't live in a home. This
means living in a place that is not private. This means sharing a
place with people who are not your friends or loved ones. This
means living in a place where there are
rules. What are examples of this?
- A nursing home.
- A group home.
- A board-and-care.
- A place for rehab.
- A hospital.
These are places where you might not have a lot of choices. You
might not feel as independent. Independent means
you can make personal choices.