Are you feeling confused about how to plan for a home?
The puzzle home was created to help individuals, their families, and friends through various stages in planning for a home, the ultimate dream.
“Having a home means more than just a roof over your head,” says Karla Verschoor, Executive Director, Inclusion BC. “It means having choice and control, financial security, and being a part of a community that celebrates diversity and inclusion.”
1. Connect with CLBC
2. Creating a Housing Plan
There are a number of resources for building a housing plan. A housing plan will help you or your loved one with a disability to determine what your ideal life would look like. It will also help you to stay on track and be sure all the parts are in place when you’re ready to move into your own home. Some resources you can use are:
3. Social & Helping Network
The average person has about 150 people in their circle of family, friends, and acquaintances. A typical person with an intellectual disability has only 25! That’s six times fewer people to be there for them, to have connections for getting jobs and for socializing with. It’s important to make an effort to expand our unpaid network of friends, so that when parents are no longer available there will be a strong, interdependent group that helps each other out and shares the happy and tough moments of life.
4. Work on Living Skills
What will you do when ‘supermom’ is no longer there to make your dinner or do your laundry? A big part of living on your own is taking on the responsibilities of shopping, cooking, planning your week, and yes, cleaning your room! You will feel much more confident if you know how to do as many of these things without help. Remember, these aren’t things you can learn overnight, so it’s good to start doing them right now while you have help available.
5. Make a Financial Plan
A sound financial plan is absolutely vital – both for the short term and the long term. This is a complex piece which often involves the parents’ wills and maybe a trust. At the least it will be important to do up a budget for living expenses, rent, etc. and a plan for how this will be paid for.
6. Move In!