Charity warns of looming crisis in disabled housing

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A survey by disability charity John Grooms has found that almost a quarter of wheelchair users (24 per cent) are prisoners in their own homes because of poor access and location. The charity estimates that up to a quarter of a million wheelchair users are affected. John Grooms director the Rev Mike Shaw said a suitable home was key to living a a full and independent life, which was the right of every disabled citizen. “Current under-provision in care and independent accommodation means that thousands of people have their basic rights denied and find themselves imprisoned in homes that do not meet their needs,” said Rev Shaw. John Grooms warns that unless action is taken now, a full-scale care and housing crisis looms in the next decade. The charity is calling for all levels of government to work together more closely to: – Invest in quality care homes which are responsive to individual needs. – Ensure that ten per cent of all new social housing is to wheelchair standard. – Help disabled people who own their o

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