A disabled man’s life has been transformed thanks to a move to a specially built bungalow in Brook Path, Cippenham.
Ben, 44, is chair bound after losing both legs and has moved with his wife and teenage son have moved into the bungalow – one of three built with modifications for people with disabilities as part of a 25 homes added to Slough Borough Council’s council stock in 2019.
They have been designed and delivered through Slough Urban Renewal, SUR, as part of the council’s property partnership with Morgan Sindall Investments Limited.
Ben, who has struggled with depression, had had to cope for years in a cramped home which he found difficult to manoeuvre in
He said: “I’ve come from a place where I couldn’t get next to my son’s bed to comfort him if he was ill.
“If I was in the kitchen no one else could get in so cooking was difficult.”
“I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve tipped the chair up having to wheel backwards out of the bedroom, or clipped a door frame, and then hit my head. Now there is room for me to turn around and leave a room.
“Now there is a lot of space, wide doors, ramps, two bathrooms, and the potential for more adaptations to be made if necessary or space for carers to help if required.”
“The impact on the family as a whole has been brilliant. Life is inevitably focused around me, but now there is a family bathroom as well as my own bathroom which has brought a bit of normality for my family.
“It has taken a lot of stress off us as a family. I can help cook with my wife or son in the kitchen at the same time.”
The modifications in the home include a kitchen sink and worktop that can be adjusted to a suitable height, wider door frames and a ramp leading to the front door and garden.
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