When Michelle Monroe was in college, she wrote a paper designing a place where adults and children with significant medical needs could live together and receive round the clock care. Her training as a nurse gave her unique insight into what people living with severe disabilities need on a day to day basis. It makes her all the more grateful to live at Anderson Parkway, which comes surprisingly close to the community she had imagined so many years ago.
"I love living here," she says without hesitating. "There's no other place like this in the state or the country. It's different to get everybody into one building with the aids around the clock." If she wasn't living here, she thinks she'd be in a nursing home.
Michelle lived with her mom before moving into Anderson Parkway, but had to make a change when her mother moved and she could no longer get her wheelchair into the house on her own. Living at Anderson Parkway, Michelle is able to see her family regularly, even though her four daughters live with relatives. She can go wherever she wants with SSTA, though she wishes that you didn't have to book the service days in advance.
She's able to access all of the amenities that she needs nearby. She can go grocery shopping on her own, get a haircut, or visit the pharmacy all within walking distance of her home. Three days a week, she goes to Adult Day in Essex, which is a memory care center for elderly and disabled folks, where she does all sorts of activities to keep her mind sharp. Michelle was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over twenty years ago, but is still able to maintain a certain degree of independence, even though she is wheelchair bound.
"I just want people to know that we need more houses like this. Not necessarily for elderly, but where we can all live together."