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More homes in Plymouth get adaptations for disabled

27th July 2015

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

Following additional funding, more of Plymouth’s homes will be receiving adaptations such as grab rails, curved stairlifts and level access bathrooms. This is welcome news for many of the disabled people living in the city, who are currently living in housing which is not suitable for their needs.

One woman in particular who will benefit from the adaptions lost her leg during a battle with cancer, but will now be able to become much more independent when the adaptations are carried out in her home. In an article by 24dash, Carla Riley Wood said, “The stairs are still a struggle and I used to struggle to get in the bath so both the stairlift and the new bathroom will give me a much better quality of life.”

Adaptations will ‘make a huge difference’

One of the housing associations who have been undertaking many of the adaptations is unusual in that it has its own occupational therapist, who works alongside those with mobility needs, to create results which will greatly benefit them in the long run. This highlights the importance the housing association places on enabling disabled people to live independently, which is very encouraging for those waiting to receive adaptations.

On top of the annual budget of £80,000, Plymouth City Council was also awarded an additional £100,000, which helped to enable another 30 homes to receive adaptations earlier than initially planned. This will mean that those affected can continue living in their own homes, without having to relocate to another more suitable home, which can be a stressful experience, especially for disabled people.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives and Housing for Plymouth City Council, said: “The Council’s Disabled Facilities Grant aims to improve disabled people’s homes, making them more accessible and giving them a better quality of life.”

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