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Councils work together to ramp up support during COVID-19

Posted by on 18 May 2020 | Comments

Two Suffolk councils joined forces to help a Sudbury resident maintain her independence despite COVID-19, by delivering urgent minor adaptations to her home.

Resident Melissa Moncrieff uses a wheelchair and was having difficulty attending hospital appointments for ongoing treatment, as she was struggling to get in and out of her home.  

In order to maintain her independence, and protect hospital transport drivers and her family, she applied for a grant to install a ramp and make some internal adaptations. 

Babergh District Council approved the work as an urgent external project, then worked in partnership with East Suffolk Council to install the much-needed ramp to aid Melissa and her family. 

Cllr Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council's cabinet member for housing, said:

“This is just one example of how councils in Suffolk working together can affect the communities we serve. We had the equipment, and East Suffolk offered to help as they had they had the necessary expertise.  I’m delighted that as a result of this joint working, we now have a resident who is able to attend her hospital appointments safely, remain at home and maintain her independence.”

Minor adaptation grants are available to support urgent minor adaptations such as ramps and stairlifts to residents’ homes to help avoid hospital admissions and assist in getting patients discharged.