I'm looking for some ideas, suggestions and experiences re. my housing options when I leave university.
When I finish in September next year (2011) I'll have been here for seven years (I don't think there's any more degrees I can take - time to find a real job!). Despite plenty of problems and scary moments, I am supported where I am, and whilst I'm feeling really unsafe at the moment (after an 'interesting' few weeks with my asthma ) I do know that it's better than other alternatives.
I'm living in student halls - not ideal, but I do (supposedly) have on call 24 hour support, people who know my difficulties, and as a last resort, neighbour's doors I can bang on in an emergency. I also get a lot of support with other issues related to my asthma and other disabilities within uni.
I'm terrified about leaving and living alone. When I saw my consultant last week he noted his concern about this. I have communication difficulties which make it really difficult to get help for myself - the 999 text thing is about my only option, but this isn't fail-safe. I'm so scared that I could have a bad weekend or night like I had recently and find it impossible to get help. Due to some of my other difficulties, I also find some basic tasks with looking after myself tricky; whilst I have support at the moment, this won't continue when I leave uni as it's all funded / provided through them. I'm going to be devastated to lose the support I have, as I have a few wonderful people at the moment who do so much for me and help me so much.
Does anyone know what my options are, what I should be looking at, what type of help I can get, where to start basically? I think that's what's scaring me a lot, I don't know where to start and I'm scared of finishing at uni and having nowhere to go and no support. I'm so worried about everything - even down to employment as I don't know who's going to take me on when I have so much time off for ill-health.
Sorry for a bit of a depressing post - it's really hit me recently with my latest flare-up everything I'm going to lose and everything I've got to sort out.