An extensive programme to adapt homes to suit people with specific needs, like reduced mobility, is making up for time lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.
More than £100,000 has been invested by believe housing to create level access, alter bathrooms, add stair rails and make dozens of other adaptations to homes since work was restarted in early autumn. The work was halted at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, but extensive measures to reduce the potential of spreading the virus were introduced to make the work possible again.
More than 500 individual adaptations have been carried out since, ranging in scale from new lights to complete home rebuilds.
One of the largest jobs currently taking place includes the complete reconfiguration of a bungalow on the outskirts of Durham to suit the needs of a family moving there.
The work will see a level access bedroom modified to accommodate medical and non-medical requirements, an extra bedroom created and removal of a chimney to allow the entrance hall and the main bathroom to be modified. The wet room will be completely replaced to make it wheelchair accessible, while the kitchen and living room will also be made open plan for better access.
Sean Cairns, Contracts and Leasehold Manager at believe housing, said: “This work is all about adapting homes to remove the physical barriers many of our tenants find in their everyday lives. Even something as simple as an extra handrail can transform a home for some people.
“Installing level access showers, stair lifts, or entrance ramps can make the difference between someone being able to stay in their own home and having to look for alternatives.
“We’re working really closely with tenants to keep everyone safe while this essential work is carried out and following all government guidance.”