Thursday, October 8, 2015

Day 8: living arrangements.

Before I get to the question yeah, I did skip last night's post, (woops!) I fell asleep until like 11, and then decided that it was too late for answering questions, (and I just wanted to go to bed anyway,) so I'll be answering two questions sometime in the next couple days to make that up. So now I'll get to the question.

How do you live on your own?

I do live alone, but I know of other blind people who don't, and others like me who do as well. I'm a section 8 renter, so when I talk about annual inspections and recertifications, that's what I'm referring to. I also have a caregiver who comes in 3 times a week. In fact I just had my annual assessment yesterday.
The caregiver is paid by the state, and every year the state does an assessment to determine your ongoing need for services. In our state we have a couple different programs, (state plan personal care, and the regular program, which is what I'm on.) The regular program qualifies you for as many hours as you and your caseworker think is needed, but state plan personal care is only 20 hours. After my caregiver left the home care agency she was working for, and signed up for the state registry back in January, she was accused by the agency of noncompete breach of contract.. My old caseworker told the agency she was leaving to become my caregiver on the state registry, when he specifically told me he wasn't supposed to do that and that it was my responsibility to do so. In other words a violation of confidentiality. He admitted that if he hadn't done that, there probably wouldn't have been any legal orders sent are way. Anyway all this to say that I had to get a new caseworker, and the new caseworker doesn't know how to make me eligible for the amount of hours that I've been getting since 2010. She said she'd find a way to make me eligible, but I'm not sure if she's going to be able to do it.


  1. If you don't mind sharing what kind of things does the caregiver do for you? Does she help you take showers or is it more like laundry and cleaning?

    I got behind on reading your series and playing catch-up.

  2. Lol I got behind on email so I just saw your comment. It's more like laundry and cleaning. She also helps with grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions etc.