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Magenta Living goes that extra mile to aid Nathan’s quality of life

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Published by Anne Wilson for Magenta Living in Housing and also in Communities

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A family from Bromborough have had their lives transformed after Magenta Living’s Adaptations team stepped in to improve their living conditions. 

Nathan McKnight is a nine year old boy with complex needs, and Magenta Living has been working hard for a number of years to make life easier for Nathan and his family.

Nathan, an avid Liverpool supporter, needed ground floor bathing and sleeping facilities plus further wheelchair friendly adaptations.                

Magenta Living helped the family apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant, which would have funded an extension to their home in Eastham. However a survey flagged drainage issues, dashing hopes of this solution.

Three years ago Magenta Living was faced with a similar situation, and a ‘Pod’ was installed at a property on Acre Lane in Bromborough. Pods are a mobile facility which can be transported off a lorry, secured to a building and set up with running water and electricity within a day, they provide an innovative solution for wheelchair users.

Late last year this property became available, so Nathan who lives with his mum and two sisters are now settled in a new home, which is fully equipped to meet his needs.

Acre Lane offers a ground floor bedroom, bathing facilities, access to the garden and most importantly access to a dining area, which gives Nathan the freedom to share meal times with his family for the first time ever. 

After a recent visit by the Adaptations team is was noted that Nathan had restricted access to the garden due to his bulky television set. So Magenta Living decided that the icing on the cake for this family would be to donate a TV to Nathan.

Julie Westmoreland, Adaptations Service Manager at Magenta Living says: “I’ve been working with Nathan and his family for over five years now, and it’s great to see how much difference his new space has made to the whole family. Nathan loves playing his computer games, so it seemed apt to donate something that would put an even bigger smile on his face.”

Nathan’s mum Elaine says: “I’m so happy in my new home, it’s made such a difference for all the family having so much space and Nathan loves his new room and TV.”

For more information about Magenta Living’s Adaptations team please call: 0808 100 9596

 

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