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Comment #1556219 by Sinead Taaffe

Sinead Taaffe Sep 3rd 2013, 9:53 PM #

My dad is in the last stage of emphysema and had to give up work about 5 years ago (he worked hard ad a shuttering carpenter all his life) and for years he had to sleep in the armchair in our sitting room because he physically couldn’t get up the stairs, we got the grant 2 years ago and was the best thing that ever happened to him, there’s now a downstairs toilet and bedroom for him. It’s horrible to think that many people who need this can’t get it because money is being spent on the bloated wages of our politicians, it’s an utter disgrace!!

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A Fianna Fáil councillor says that budget cuts for housing adaptation have left some people stranded in hospitals and nursing homes.


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    Sep 3rd 2013, 10:35 PM

    I’m so glad he got what he needed. I work as a physio and the number of people who need adaptations is startling and the difference it makes to the patient’s quality of life is just incredible. I think it should be part of building regulations that houses can be easily adapted to suit the needs of a person with a disability. Every house should have the bathroom downstairs.

    There’s also a huge amount of people who get builders in to put in basic ramps that aren’t fit for purpose and that have to be adapted again later at extra cost. It’s a good idea to get professional advice before making any adaptations. You can usually get an occupational therapist from the HSE to make recommendations for you, stop you having to pay twice (since so many people go privately because the wait or insufficient funds is so long!).