New adapted home for Trust customer
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Local Government
Halton Housing Trust helps disabled customer move into a property more suited to her needs, allowing wheelchair access to the property with a step lift at the front.
Amanda Harkins (38) was living with her partner Stephen in a one bedroom bungalow which had an adapted bathroom with a level access shower area. At the time this was suitable and practical for Amanda as she did not need to use her wheelchair inside.
As her condition progressed Amanda required her wheelchair permanently both inside and outside the house, her home was no longer suitable and could not be adapted with an external ramp due to gradient of the external steps. The only option was to move to a more suitably adapted property.
Amanda registered on Property Pool Plus and completed the relevant Health and Welfare Forms. As Amanda’s health conditions were complex, an Occupational Therapist from Halton Borough Council visited and identified that she now had specific housing needs.
An advisor from the Trust worked closely with Amanda throughout the process. In early January Cherrie visited to discuss options around the type of property, the areas they would consider and what was important to them in their new property.
A bungalow was identified which had a step lift at the front, but didn’t have the required level access shower. To remedy this, the Trust’s Voids Team removed the bath, installed a new wetroom as well as re-wiring the bungalow and installing a new fitted kitchen. Once the work had been completed, Amanda and her partner moved in to their newly renovated home at the end of January.
Amanda and Stephen are now happily settled into their new home along with their pets including “Buddy” the parrot. Amanda can now easily get out of her home and does not feel trapped and isolated from the rest of the world.
Amanda said, “We are so happy with the move, it has made life a lot easier, especially getting in and out of the house can now easily get out of my home and don’t feel trapped and isolated from the rest of the world.”