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Nancy, Psychotherapist
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I am currently in a lving situation with family that I need

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I am currently in a lving situation with family that I need to get out of. My usual stress tecniques no longer work. I'm not exactly employed and collecting SSI but I also run a small home business. I'm considering assisted living programs, though most of the information I've found doesn't seem geared toward my situation. My question is do you think I should just take the steps toward assisting these assited living programs even if I'm feeling it would be a huge set back for me both mentally and socially?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Nancy replied 8 years ago.

I think assisted living programs are great socially, and they do almost everything for you, so it's a great physical help! They provide outings, movies, all sorts of things - so yes, check them out, but two things:

1. Why do you think it would be a set back and
2. Do you have other options?

Nancy and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I don't have any other options and unfortunately I am not very sociable for that matter. Having completed a few different programs as well as a 2 year MICA program, and only in my opionion they can sometimes be confining when pursuing more lofty goals, you almost seem pigeon holed, labeled and expected to and and be a certain way. Which is what I am afraid of, and spoke with my therapist several times. Ofcourse Im not getting any younger but willing to stop what I am doing surrender again and begin again.
Expert:  Nancy replied 8 years ago.
lt;p>I understand you concerns... nobody wants to be pigeonholed. Maybe if you find the right place.</p><p> </p><p>I see that you've posted you are in NY. I grew up in Westchester, but now live in Colorado State.</p><p> </p><p>NY and New England has countless assisted living programs for all kinds of different people. Find one that really speaks to you - one where you feelcomfortable and that maybe allows graduated living - where you start out living alone in an apartment and then they offer more care as you age or need it.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I just wanted to thank you for your time. Ofcourse there is oh so much more backstory. I did however, want to add that I would definitely like to and probably shpould break away being 35, again 35, but honestly financially I wouldn't be able to do it. Which is why I see an assisted living program to be the more "sane" move/step. You have been so much help. Thank you. I'll accept, I just wanted to thank you.
Expert:  Nancy replied 8 years ago.
You are very welcome! Come back anytime... and I really hope you find a good living situation :-)

All the best!

Nancy :-)