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    Wheelchair adapted housing?

    Hi - Cant see a Housing forum header so went for the one that seemed nearest sort of.

    I am at present in a ground floor flat and have to know use a powerchair indoors and out. My flat has a communal entrance and very high threshold. I have a portable ramp but it is very difficult to use and i have fallen off it twice, my carer has problems lifting it and placing it whilst holding door open etc. My doors are not wide enough to move round my flat easily. It is council accommodatation and I do have an OT coming to asssess me in a couple of weeks however it is really hindering me for independance and getting to work. Any ideas on what can and cant be done? I would prefer to move ideally bungalow to have a little garden space and quiet. I know this is difficult shortage of accommodation etc. Does anyone have experiences to help etc.
    Jeanna

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    your ot will be able to see to all that for you

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    hi jeanna in your condition it should be reasonable fast to have yourself moved to a bungalow or a adapted groundfloor flat.
    first you need to put in a application with your housing association for a bungalow or adapted ground floor flat, when the OT comes around ask them to write a report to your housing association on your need to move to an adapted property, as a wheelchair user you shouldnt be expected to have to use steps with your wheelchair and your property should have wider doors for the safe use of a wheelchair, you can and should also contact your GP/Specialist and ask them to write a letter supporting your need for a adapted property.

    now how fast will you move will depend on the waiting list and how many properties your housing association have, but the letters should put you in a high band with your local authority, thus putting you at the front of the queue.

    my partner have MS, in march this year we had to apply to our HA for a bungalow as we was living on a first floor flat, we got the letters of support from her doctors, OT and MS specialist and that put us on the high band to move, we moved in to our bungalow on the 3rd of may, just a lil bit over 1 month from the date we applied.
    so it all depends on the locality you live in but with a bit of luck it could be quite fast to move, like it was for us

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    Well nothing so far! Yes I keep reminding them but nothing suitable. I have just had to take a week off work, tried getting out on Monday and fell out of chair again. Gosh it hurts moment of feeling sorry for self, just want to be normal and be able to get in and out of house without the pain. J

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    i have been on the gold award on our local council waiting list for over a year now.i stay in a first floor flat and find stairs a nightmare, we wetre told we would be rehoused before march but still waiting. ho hum.......

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    Even worse, have now had hopes raised Bungalow offered (well almost) had a look at outside as LA has no staff who are not sick able to show round yet. Outside lovely, inside I don't think there is room to turn in my chair, this is just looking from outside so could be wrong but the rooms look tiny, the Kitchen looks impossible to even pass through and not sure if I will actually get through the front door. I thought the OT would take a look first or at least read about it - I am going to be devastated again I can just tell. Is there no one who mediates with wheelchair users and LA, the OT in this instance is paid by the LA so doubt she will care.

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