Helping a family meet the needs of their children

We helped Mr and Mrs B adapt their home to meet the needs of their disabled children.

Mr and Mrs B have two children - a son and a daughter, both of whom have a deteriorating condition that affects movement and co-ordination, speech, vision, breathing and causes exhaustion. 

Their home is a purpose built property with three bedrooms, a large lounge and kitchen, bathroom and shower room, level access and a front and back garden.

The house was ideal for them...until they had a new addition to their family!

Not enough room, change was needed

When the baby was born, Mr and Mrs B had to to sleep in their lounge as due to the complex nature of the older children’s condition, they each needed their own bedroom. 

A longer term solution was needed.  Finding a three bedroom house suitable for disabled children is difficult. Finding a four bedroom property suitable for wheelchair users is even more challenging.  So the couple approached their Occupational Therapist and Horizon for advice and suggestions on how their current home could be adapted.

Adaptations improve lives

With the help of adaptations award funding from the Scottish Government, the shower room was converted to create a fourth bedroom for the youngest child, an over bath shower was installed in the family bathroom, and ceiling track hoists were installed in the two of the children’s bedrooms and bathroom.

These adaptations had a positive impact on the family, and has made meeting the demands of caring for children with highly complex medical and health issues much easier for the parents.