When CDChoices conducts Consumer surveys, we try to gather samples from both self-directing Consumers and Designated Representatives (DRs). We compare the findings to determine if there are any significant differences or surprising similarities.
The results of our recent coronavirus survey show a difference in living situations for self-directing Consumers and those who use DRs. We asked survey participants to identify their living situation. The results to the question are reported in the graph below.
Consumer's Living Situation
% of DRs
% of Self-Directing
% of Grand Total
Roommate (not friend/family)
I live with both friends and family
Lives with Family
Lives with Friends
Other (please specify)
Respondents who answered "Other" were given the opportunity to write in a response. Common responses were "with PA" or "with spouse."
As you can see, the percentage of self-directing Consumers who live alone is approximately the same as the percentage of Consumers who use a DR who live with family (57% and 59.7% respectively).