Adaptation to front footpath
Mrs. B has been a client of the Agency for approximately five years and was initially referred to the Agency via an Occupational Health Therapist. Mrs B. has osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis which limits her mobility and she was constantly tripping on the damaged front path.
The Agency visited Mrs B last autumn regarding access and arranged for new non-slip slabs to be fitted using Rapid Response Adaptations Programme (RRAP) funding. The RRAP grant aims to ensure that older and disabled people who are waiting to be discharged from hospital have a safe home to return to. The scheme also helps in preventing hospital admissions by addressing the problems of a home that is no longer safe or appropriate for older and disabled people, without risk of falls or injuries.
Mrs B said, “It has made a huge difference, especially in winter. The new path provides safe, secure access to the road as I can’t slip on the slabs. It is absolutely brilliant!”
Building of a Ramp
Mr. and Mrs W first heard of the Agency through neighbours and the Agency has been able to help them with various problems within their home since 2012 such as renewing their broken boiler, obtaining recommendations for level access facilities and assisting with benefit applications. Mr. and Mrs W. like the fact that they can call the Agency and there is always someone that can help or give advice.
Mr. W. was finding that the steps to his park home were becoming more and more problematic as he was having to help his wife in a wheelchair up and down the steps.
Previously, the Agency had organised for the rebuilding of the steps on another access up to their home; however, since the initial request, Mrs. W uses cylinder oxygen, is frail and more reliant on the wheelchair and Mr. W has back problems. The Agency therefore assisted Mr. and Mrs. W with the adaptation work for a new ramp.
Mrs. W has commented about how this has ‘saved’ her husband’s back and his general health and she is now able to get out of their home safely. Mrs. W has also commented that the quality of work was very good and that “it’s lovely isn’t it?”.
Level Access Shower Room
Mr. M has heart problems and can no longer get up and down the stairs. The Occupational Health Therapist recommended that he has a bed in his lounge and a level access shower, that toilet facilities are installed downstairs and a rail is installed from the path to the front door. The Agency assisted with the grant for this work and also helped increase the amount of Disability Living Allowance he was receiving. Mr M. lives with his grown up son who has some learning disabilities, so this work has benefited them both.
This is a good example of how a small space can be turned into a level access shower room.
Mr. M has said it has made a 200% difference to him and his son. "Couldn’t do without it and couldn’t wish for better."