Survey: many wheelchair users are poorly housed

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

Sixty-seven per cent of wheelchair users in the UK wait more than three years in inadequate and often dangerous accommodation, according to a new survey by John Grooms Housing Association. Forty-one per cent of those surveyed waited more than five years. In the meantime, says the charity, wheelchair users are effectively imprisoned in housing with stairs, narrow doorways, high work surfaces and inefficient bathroom facilities. According to the survey, the most commonly reported problem among inadequately housed wheelchair users was being unable to use the bathroom alone while inability to leave their house unaided and shopping for groceries were also very common complaints. Extreme examples included one respondent sleeping on the kitchen floor until a carer visited the next day, and a mother who was obliged to bathe her son in the kitchen sink as she was unable to carry him upstairs to the bathroom. John Grooms Housing Association¹s chief executive, David Harmer said too many local authorities were simply no

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