“My daughter and I need better support, better funding, and a place for her to call her own; a place where she can shine like the bright star that she is.
Being told that the only option for my daughter, who has a significant disability, to move out of our home would be to put her in an assisted living senior complex, was devastating. When she turned 18 and transitioned to “adult services” it was like a slap in the face as we found out that she didn’t qualify for any support programs other than Employment Insurance Assistance, which doesn’t even cover her basic needs.
As a single parent, I have to take 100% of the responsibilities for my daughter’s care and well-being. I have medical issues and have a disability of my own that grows worse each year and now inhibits my ability to care for my daughter. I’m scared for her future and worry about what will happen as I age, get sicker or die.
I think about where she will live that would a be safe, secure and positive environment. Stuck living at home with her mother is slowly ripping the joy from her life as she watches her siblings and friends move forward to engage the world and its many opportunities, albeit opportunities that don’t include her. My stress level is maxed out, my sleep suffers, my heart aches. I don’t have enough time in the day to work, care for my daughter, take care of my home, or take care of myself so that I will be a positive person in society." — Paula