Man in wheelchair in his accessible kitchen

The reality of accessible housing during lockdown

Accessible homes can change lives. This can mean increased independence, inclusion and quality of life. For example, good standard wheelchair housing could make the difference in being able to hold down a job, attend full-time education or simply visit family and friends.

A recent poll reveals that during lockdown, disabled people were 17 times more likely than non-disabled people to be unable to carry out all daily tasks and activities at home without help (35% v 2%) and more than two in five were unable to fully use their bathroom or kitchen without assistance (22% v 23%).

Almost a quarter (24%) of disabled people surveyed said they don’t have a home that meets their access needs.

This is the reality of life in lockdown – and potentially not too different from life pre-Covid-19 – for many disabled adults and older people living on their own and it’s not acceptable.

Furthermore, disabled adults were over three times more likely than non-disabled adults to report that the inaccessibility of their home undermined their wellbeing during lockdown (21% v 6%).

Let’s be mindful that accessible housing isn’t only about making it easier for disabled people to navigate their home and use their spaces and appliances.

“Many disabled people are making do without these simple features because there is such a huge shortage of accessible homes across the UK.”

Living independently, with the right adaptations which may include wetrooms, stairlifts, accessible kitchens or simply improving access to a property can seriously improve mental health and general wellbeing, allowing opportunities for work, education, socialising and developing relationships generally.

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Let us know what your problems are around the house and we will provide solutions. We can give you ideas of products that can help, or we can assist in changing the layout of your house and garden so that it becomes useable.

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Unit 4 Old Co-Op Buildings
Front Street,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
United Kingdom
NE16 6LX

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