As a young adult with a spinal cord injury, I’m nervously anxious to make the next move toward independence. For me and others with spinal cord injuries, we hope to be able live on our own without being too dependent on family members. It’s important that our relationships with family members should be more than personal care attendants.
I’ve been looking into attendant care to help with bathing and dressing. The cost of attendant care can be expensive. Many agencies pay by the hour and a few will accept insurance. Some companies only will receive private pay. Grants are available for veterans of the military. However, there aren’t many funding sources that will specifically pay for attendant care for those with spinal cord injuries.
Once I’m in my wheelchair, I’m fairly self-sufficient. I can maneuver around the house and enter and exit the home without any problems. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome was learning how to drive. Now that I’ve accomplished that goal, I’m looking forward to accomplishing another goal on my bucket list toward independence.