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Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Unfortunately, residents are not allowed to bring their pets. The sheer volume of animals that would result would be overwhelming and very problematic. However, most of the houses have cats and/or dogs that belong to either the house or staff, and all are welcome in sharing their company.

Q: Am I allowed visitors?
A: Yes, we strongly encourage residents to maintain and develop relationships with people outside the house.

Q: How long do I have to stay at Wellmet? And what happens if after I move in, I don’t like it?
A: We do ask residents to make a minimum of a 6 month commitment to Wellmet.  There are several reasons for this.
First, a longer length of stay minimizes people coming and going from the home and increases the feeling of stability and continuity within the house.
Secondly, we view your tenure at Wellmet as having three phases.  One is the acclimation/orientation process, which takes 1-2 months and involves the setting of your goals.  The next step involves goals completion, which are specific to each individual and usually takes several months.
Finally, the move out process should take 1 to 2 months as apartment searching, meeting with the treatment team, and other items for a safe transition are addressed.  However, should you move in and determine that you are truly unhappy, we simply ask that you do give a 30 day notice for which you are financially responsible.

Q: Can I take overnights? Can I take a vacation?
A: Yes, residents are allowed 6 overnights a month. They must be taken on the weekend. Two weeks of vacation are allowed each year. They must be taken in one week increments after the resident has been with us for a few months, with the approval of the staff. Vacations may be taken at the house though this is not encouraged; in this case the resident would be excused from all house responsibilities.

Q: What if I am sick? Do I still have to leave the house in the morning?
A: The short answer is no, but staff will look at the circumstances. If this is a repeated pattern or it is abused in some way, then staff will not allow the resident to stay at the house. Keep in mind that the house is unsupervised during the day, and oftentimes it is better to get through a difficult day doing your normal activities than to stay at the house.

Q: Am I allowed to have a car? And what is the parking situation?
A: Yes, you may have a car. However, an automobile in Cambridge or Somerville is an added complication to one's life and is probably unnecessary. All homes are accessible to public transportation. The William Street and Powder House Boulevard homes do have driveways, but they are "first come, first served," so you will still need to get a resident parking sticker from the city to assure yourself of on-street parking.

Q: What should I bring when I move in?
A: You will need bedding for a twin size bed and your personal care items.  You will also need a locking box to store your meds.  You may bring in other personal items consistent with the space available in your room.