A RAT told a disabled grandmother who has to crawl up into bed that she cannot have a stairlift and has to move out.
Santy Burns, 59, has diabetes and painful osteoarthritis and says
She has to crawl on her hands and knees in her Huddersfield home.
She said she was also having a hard time reaching the upstairs bathroom.
The grandmother said that Kirklees Council promised her a stair lift before the lockdown.
Santy also claims she was promised a wet room because she cannot go to the bathroom.
She says she has been rated as suitable for work on the house, but has now been told that none of this would be possible and that it would be best for her to move into a smaller house.
Santy told YorkshireLive, “They measured a stairlift and said ‘yes’.
I can’t go into the bathroom and they said yes to a wet room.
“Now I can’t have a stairlift anymore. I was told it would cost too much.”
Santy recently discovered that a city center charity is no longer offering electric scooters for rent.
She added, “I’m stuck in the house 24/7 now.”
A Kirklees Council spokesman said he had offered to re-house Santy
to a more suitable property.
The mother of three has been asked if she would like to move a community bungalow, but she is very reluctant.
I’ve lived in this house for 40 years and all my children grew up there
She said, “I’m not moving out of my house. My children were born here and I have my grandchildren on weekends.
“If I moved, I couldn’t let my grandchildren stay. I had everything
My hopes have built up (in terms of house changes). “
She added, “I’ve lived in this house for 40 years and it’s where
All of my children grew up. I’m from Dalton and this is my home. “
Santy says she feels trapped in the house and feels depressed
about the future.
She is also faced with steps at the end of her garden.
She said, “I’m stuck in the house. I have my dog, Missy, but I can’t walk far.
I went to town two or three times a week.
“I used to book a £ 5 scooter with Age UK but now they are closed
the store. I can’t get a bus because I can’t walk off the bus. My
Daughter does my shopping. “
A spokesman said: “We are in contact with the resident to discuss support options that will help them stay well and independent at home.
“According to an assessment of our occupational therapists, we have
offered to move the resident to more suitable accommodation for medical purposes
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“Where mobility is an issue, a single property often offers many
Advantages of having a stair lift alone.
“A smaller property can also be a manageable size that requires maintenance.
“We are more than ready to work with this resident to find someone else
suitable property and would likely have some in the same area. “