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Have you explored if your current home can be adapted to give access into the toilet and kitchen? How is your partner getting up stairs? Is a through-floor lift needed to enable your partner to get to the upper floor in their wheelchair? These are the sort of adaptations that can often be funded with a Disabled Facilities Grant:
If your current home is privately rented your landlord can refuse permission for adaptations. However, if you haven't recently had a local authority Occupational Therapist (OT) visit to do an assessment it would be wise to arrange for it to happen, as the OT report may support your need for urgent adaptations or rehousing.
Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT
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Thanks for clarifying.
I’m pleased to hear that your partner has already had an
OT assessment. Although it must have been disappointing and frustrating to
learn that your current home can’t be adapted and that the OT’s report hasn’t
made you more of a housing priority.
If your partner’s level of disability does increase do
ensure that you get the OT to assess again and write another report stressing
that your current home is not safe or suitable for your partner.
In the meantime, it’s about ensuring that the Housing
Officer realises the urgency of your family’s need to be rehoused. If, for
example, lifting the wheelchair is causing you medical difficulties of your own
do get a GP letter evidencing this. How would your partner get out the house if
there was a fire? Has the local Fire Safety Officer assessed? If your partner
would be in danger because he couldn’t get out of the property in the event of
a fire submit the evidence to the Housing Officer. Basically, trying to make
your case a higher priority than all the others that are competing for the same
Hope you manage to move to a more suitable home soon,