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  1. #11
    This is my friend doUg, he lives by himself in Florida he is a C5/6
    He only gets help three days a week for shower and bowel care, guy is a SuperQuad he is and gets himself up. Check out his channel
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  2. #12
    What happens when you drop your Reacher? lol

  3. #13
    Holy shit. I NEED THAT REACHER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadEye View Post
    I was injured when I was 16, moved out at 21 and in with a girl I was dating at the time. She was in college and I was working. After living with her for 3 years, we split and I moved into my own place. For the first several years, I had someone live with me as a caregiver in exchange for free rent. I don't use the upstairs so that's their living quarters. They helped me 90 mins to 2 hours in the morning and then 30-60 mins in the evenings. They worked another job during the day. The biggest reason I want someone in the house with me is forced dependability. It's easy for a caregiver to call in the morning and say they can't make it, then you're screwed. If they're IN the house, they almost never miss a scheduled day. I am also an early riser, getting up work days at 5:30am and then on my hunting trip days, I may get up as early as 3:00am. There's no way I am depending on someone else getting out of their warm bed at 2:30 in the morning to drive across town to get me up by 3!

    Other than the 12 years I was with my wife, I've lived with a live-in caregiver. several years ago, the state started a program to pay caregivers. It's less than $9 an hour but $25 a day and a free place to live, no expenses other than food and it's a great deal for some people. I've had all kinds too. From 55 year old men to 19 year old college girls. They usually stay 1-2 years but I've had some as long as 4-5 years. I have friends, family and past caregivers to help me out if my caregiver needs time off. It works for me.
    Thats a good idea Deadeye.

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    I lived alone for quite a while only needing help a total of five hours a day, three in the morning and two at night. It worked out fine most days. Once in a while I would have an issue but I had a life alert necklace so I was able to hit the button to get a neighbor or someone to help me out for little stuff or paramedics for the bigger stuff. I ended up moving into a little group home because I started having seizures eight years ago so now I'm a little bit paranoid. I plan on getting my own place again I just need to make sure my epilepsy is under control all the time.
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  6. #16
    I currently live with my girlfriend but I lived alone for the most part from 2003-13 and I could do it again easy peasy. I have care 3x a week for 2-3 hours that I almost don't need, and will soon be moving to a fully accessible house where I'll put that money towards a house cleaner and snow removal. I can transfer, cook, and live in the heart of a large city so that helps. I also lived in a readaptation centre for 15 months after my initial 5 months of intense rehab, so when I got out, I was ready to roll.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    I currently live with my girlfriend but I lived alone for the most part from 2003-13 and I could do it again easy peasy. I have care 3x a week for 2-3 hours that I almost don't need, and will soon be moving to a fully accessible house where I'll put that money towards a house cleaner and snow removal. I can transfer, cook, and live in the heart of a large city so that helps. I also lived in a readaptation centre for 15 months after my initial 5 months of intense rehab, so when I got out, I was ready to roll.
    Superquad!

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by scott c4/5 View Post
    what happens when you drop your reacher? Lol
    i have three of them so i will pick it up with at least one of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac85 View Post
    i have three of them so i will pick it up with at least one of them
    Does the reacher come with a yanker adapter? Since us quads don't have good grip lol.

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by #LHB# View Post
    Does the reacher come with a yanker adapter? Since us quads don't have good grip lol.
    As long as you have a good wrist control you should have no problem
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