I WAS horrified to hear that a disabled lady in her 50s may face the awful position of having to be rehoused after adapting her home, familiarising herself with her surroundings and feeling safe around her neighbourhood (‘Couple Clash With Ashfield Homes In Move Trauma’, Dispatch of Friday August 3’).
Without the added vulnerability of suffering from progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), any person facing this trauma would be scared, to say the least.
Taking disability aside, it is a known fact that moving house is among the top three stresses. With MS added, this would put enormous strain on anyone.
We spend years building up local familiarity, including which side of the pavement is best to use when travelling by wheelchair to local shops, knowing the faces along the way when travelling by wheelchair and feeling safe.
Where the woman in question, Maggie Venables, lives, all neighbours and locals look out for each other, which is very comforting in today’s society.
For her to be moved would split the community wide open. Between them, Maggie and her partner give up their time for charity work for the disabled, which plays an important part in all of their lives.
If rehoused, Maggie would not then be part of this community and it would be difficult to attend these charity events. She would not have the daily contact she has now.
To ask a disabled person of this age, whose disability is progressive, to start all over again and adapt another home to suit their needs is beyond belief.
While writing this letter, I am overcome with sadness and pain. We should be supporting our elders, rather than dealing with this negativity.
We are always preaching to the younger generation to keep local community together and to help each other, look out for each other and take pride in our community. Yet this appears to be everything but those things.
I am disgusted that this is happening. The local council should be concentrating on providing the best to make life as bearable as possible for people in these circumstances.
If you know someone with a disability and you know how they have to cope, then I know you will understand my frustration and the frustration of anyone who knows Maggie and is amazed this is even being considered.
Please, if you feel like I do, air your views. Next time it might be one of your friends or a family member.