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28th April 2014

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

Over £1 million has been spent making Crawley more accessible to the area’s disabled and mobility-impaired residents. The money has been used on carrying out adaptations to homes, such as stair lifts and bathroom adaptations, to make homes in the area more accessible for vulnerable residents.

So far this financial year 2013/14, Crawley Borough Council has spent £1,057, 356 on adaptations to make the homes of disabled residents more accessible. This money has gone on improving the living conditions in over 200 properties in Crawley, equating to more than 270 individual adaptations.

A more accessible Crawley

Alongside the provision of wet rooms, ramps and stair lifts for disabled residents, Crawley Borough Council has also used £3,800 to continue its annual subscription to disabled information website DisabledGo. The website provides information about access to public buildings and other sites so that those who struggle with their mobility can easily plan days out and find where will be accessible to them in particular.

Such moves have made Crawley even more accessible to disabled residents in the area as the council have spent a greater amount on improved access this year than in previous financial years. 2011/12 saw the council spend £815, 993 and this figure was even less at £685,766 in 2012/13 according to this local article.

DisabledGo has ensured that 500 different venues across Crawley are now available to find on the website, with full details of their accessibility revealed through a combination of text and symbols so that it is easy to decipher and manoeuvre. This has made not only individuals’ homes more accessible, but the town as a whole.

While home adaptions are only carried out following a recommendation from the Occupational Therapy Service, those unsuccessful or outside of the Crawley area can enjoy the low prices and expert service that comes with the installation of Handicare’s accessible walk in baths and other mobility aids.

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