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Any interest, intentional community - Carers UK Forum

Any interest, intentional community

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I have been considering the prospect of an intentional community for a few years now.
It is a housing living situation whereby each household has their own home and then shares other living spaces, optional meals each. Offering mutual support and shared values.

This would be for families with a disabled member, my hopes would be to end the isolation we endure as carers and disabled people.

I would appreciate your thoughts.

Magic fairy.

There is a new housing development down the road from me which has a similar idea. You can live independently, semi independently or in a residential home, in the same complex. If you don't have any relatives around to help, it seems a good idea.
We live in a housing development where its all disabled people. I can tell you that you feel as if you are living in a disabled ghetto (when Rob was young he used to refer to it as 'Cripple Creek') - I don't like it and would prefer that disabled adapted houses were spread among the community like 'normal' (lord I hate that word) houses.

To be forced to mix with people where the only thing you have in common is disability is my idea of hell so no thanks.

Hello Eun,
Point taken but the opposite can also be true of isolation in a so called normal housing situation,
Afraid I agree with Eun, I wouldn't like it at all.
Hi Magic Fairy

I was carer to my dad for nearly 20 years. He was frequently in hospital and three times was put in the "geriatric" department. As a man with a young outlook, and all his mental faculties he found this unpleasant when he was put in a 4 bed room with some or most of the people were not as mentally alert. He was also mortified with another patient who clearly had mental health problems and constantly stripped his clothes off often during visiting time when I was there and sometimes one or other of my daughters. My dad did not like us subjected to this exhibition as he was totally clear in his mind and would never have allowed us to do any very personal care of him.

I think you may end up having to have various sections or areas. My dad thought there should be a division in the hospital between those mentally alert and those not so alert. I also know about Eun's son. He is mid to late 20s, too old for respite in a kid's home. Far too young to be in an old folks' home. I believe he is quite the whizz with a computer. Again you would have to have something to suit people like Eun's son and others of his age goup. Then too you would have to consider those who are terminal and those who are disabled but not in danger of fatality. Some younger ones might like to charge around with friends while another family may want silence in a loved one's last hours.

It is a good thought but given all the variations it could end up a nightmare to organise!

Hi Magic Fairy
It is a good thought but given all the variations it could end up a nightmare to organise!

^Mostly this, but I agree with Eun and Myrtle - a better supply of affordable (including rented out by councils and/or housing assocations) and accessible housing is the way to go, not disabled or elderly ghettos. I'm afraid it generally is for elderly people, very seldom for pre-retirement age disabled adults, let alone those who (shock, horror, and amazement) have a long term relationship or children in the same household. In the area I grew up in, the only disabled accessible housing for rent was solely for pensioners - none at all for working age adults. Image