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Ramp costs leave disabled OAP from Garth 'trapped' in her home

Published date: 05 February 2013 |
Published by: Garth ApThomas
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AN elderly woman says she is virtually a prisoner in her home as it would cost thousands of pounds to get access modifications.

Megan Davies, 70, and her husband Derek, 75, say they simply cannot afford to improve accessibility at the council property in Hafryn, Garth, near Llangollen.

About 15 years ago Mrs Davies had a cancerous tumour removed from her spinal cord. She has annual check ups and last summer Mrs Davies’ consultant diagnosed her spine had become unstable.

As a result she had an operation and after five weeks was allowed back home.

“Unfortunately my sense of balance has been affected and I cannot stand without holding on to my walking frame. I also have great difficulty walking due to numbness in my left side from the first operation,” said Mrs Davies.

“The bungalow we live in has eight steps up to the road at the back and two very high steps and a long path to the road in the front. I need a wheelchair or a mobility scooter to go out.

“I cannot get out at the back or front so I am virtually a prisoner.

“An occupational therapist suggested a ramp at the front of the bungalow, also some modifications to the bathroom including a walk in shower.

“We expected to pay some money towards the cost but the amount the council quoted is ridiculous, about £2,800.

“As for the ramp in the front it seems no one is willing to help us so I am stuck where I am. As we live in council property you would think the council would help us.”
Andrew Figiel, head of adult social care at Wrexham Council, said: “I fully understand and sympathise with Mrs Davies’ position.

“The nature and level of the work required, however, is subject to the Disabled Facilities Grant regulations. The financial contribution, therefore, towards the cost of the work is calculated according to a determined formula which we follow.

“We have, however, provided some small items of equipment to assist with daily living at no charge. We will endeavour to support people to maintain their independence in their own homes for as long as possible.”

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