A FORMER ambulance service “hero” who is now seriously ill has described the “hell” of not being able to secure sheltered accommodation.
Gary Moulton from Flint suffers from various crippling illnesses but says he cannot get sheltered housing in Flint because it is being prioritised for people moving out of the Flint Maisonettes.
Mr Moulton, who is undergoing radiotherapy for cancer and suffers from arthritis in the spine, heart disease and depression, says he cannot cope in his current home and desperately needs sheltered housing.
The 57-year-old has described how in the past few weeks he has fallen down the stairs, got trapped for hours in his bathroom and been forced to sleep on the sofa because he can’t climb up the stairs.
Clare Buddon, head of housing at Flintshire Council, said she “apologised sincerely” for any delay in trying to rehome Mr Moulton.
She said: “Mr Moulton does have high priority on the council’s housing waiting list and we are extremely sympathetic to his circumstances. He does have a dog and we have to consider this as we seek to house him as he cannot be offered a property with a communal entrance.
“I apologise sincerely for any delay and now he has agreed to widen his areas of choice following further discussions with housing staff, we hope we will be able to offer a suitable property to him shortly.”
But Mr Moulton, who worked for 23 years for the ambulance service and lives with his dog Bob, said: “I don’t feel I have been apologised to at all. They spoke to my sister and apologised to her but not directly to me.”
Mr Moulton’s sister Brenda Portman, a headteacher living in Cumbria, said she was with her brother last week and his situation was very concerning for her.
Mrs Portman said her brother was given four commendations working for the ambulance service for brave acts.
“It really is worrying when we’re seeing sheltered accommodation going to people who need it less than him,” she added. “The stairs in his current home are very steep and not safe. He just wants a bit of help.”
Mr Moulton said he could not move too far from Flint because his 86-year-old dad Ron, who also lives in the town, relied on him.
He said: “I lost my mum last year and she had been with my dad for nearly 70 years.
“I support my dad and he supports me.
“I’ve had to stay with him for the time being because he is frightened of me staying in the house on my own.”
Mr Moulton said the stairs at his home made it completely unsuitable for him.
He said: “I can’t get downstairs. I have to sleep on the chair if I need to go downstairs to use the toilet because I can’t get back up.
“I was stuck in the bathroom a couple of weeks ago because my legs suddenly went. It took me two hours to get to the kitchen to use my mobile phone to call for help.
“I fell down the stairs recently and pulled the handrail off the wall. I haven’t been able to fix it yet. And I can’t really get in and out of the bath.”