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I have a 28 yr old with severe uncontrolled epileptic seizures and is also bi polar. i am having an extremely hard time managing her care from home. She lives with me and has a 2 1/2 yr old daughter (my grand daughter) who I have guardianship of but she still lives in the home with us. Are there assisted living housing available for her age where she can live among people her age and be cred for?

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Since you're in Chicago, check out Misericordia. David Axelrod's daughter has had uncontrolled seizures her whole life and that's where she lives. He was Barack Obama's head PR guy when he was running for President (and lived in Chicago). I read his autobiography and he has quite a bit about his family's struggles with his daughter's unremitting seizures.

Here's a quote form an article about her: "With Lauren's health improving each day, the Axelrods were worried about their own mortality and their daughter's future. They found a place called Misericordia, which means "Heart of Mercy." The Chicago-based home for the developmentally disabled has become a haven for families like the Axelrods.

Sister Rosemary Connelly has been the executive director and visionary for the not-for-profit home for 40 years. Known as "Saint Rosemary," she has created a nurturing and practical environment for the 600 residents on the 31-acre facility. "It's what can they do, what will make them fulfilled as people. And that's what we work at," Connelly says. "

I don't know if your daughter's bi-polar diagnosis would affect her placement there, but it's worth a call to find out. You can also check out nami.org, which is the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Good luck and please keep us posted on how you do.
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Thank you both for your responses. Please explain what a IHH Program is and what these waivers are? Also, right after delivery of this child, the doctors did a tubal ligation. I am 60 yrs old and to think that I can care adequately for an unlimited time for this little girl is impossible. Is this the right site for me to look for these answers or is there a better site, given that you deal with senior citizens issues? Thank you both again.
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Is the dtr on any type of waiver such as ID Waiver or Ill and Handicap Waiver.
I am a licensed social worker and this might be worth checking into. Because of the bipolar and again depending on what state you live in, please check to see if there are any IHH programs. If the dtr is on Medicaid and you can get her into the IHH program, there is then special funding to help pay for what some might call a group home. We are moving more away from that term and now using "Hab homes" which has to do with the funding source.
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YES your daughter should be on SSD and be eligible to move to a group home near you. Call her caseworker. We also arranged for my sister to get her tubes tied to prevent pregnancies.
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