As I wrote in this earlier post, I have moved in with a roommate. This is the first time I have lived not with my parents. I am enjoying it very much though it has taken some getting used to.  It is amazing to realize how much mom and dad just did the little things like take out the trash without my knowledge

Working with attendants

[pullquote]Perhaps the biggest adjustment is learning to work with attendants.[/pullquote] Working with attendants means learning not forgetting to ask them to take out the trash and learning to fit everything into their alloted shift, oh and learning to prioritize.

Both my roommate and I have been fortunate to be surrounded by lovely personal care attendants

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to Moved

  1. Sarah Tonen says:

    Make a calendar of chores-by-the-day. That way you won’t forget to check what needs doing. Example: Monday: Take out trash, wash kitchen floor. Tuesday: vacuum/dust living room, run dishwasher. Weds: Change bedsheets, vacuum bedroom. Thurs: Clean bathroom, take out trash again, run laundry. That kind of thing. Also, if you have the chores assigned to a particular day, it will become automatic for your attendants, if you don’t have different ones all the time. Talk it over with the attendants so you aren’t overburdening them. I’m guessing they might like a schedule too. Also, don’t have them do anything you can manage yourself without excessive difficulty–it’s not only good to be “invested,” it also helps you to view your surroundings with a critical eye. Glad you are enjoying your new set-up.

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