Disabled woman forced to wash in sink for 3 years after bike accident
A disabled woman has been forced to wash herself in a sink and sleep on a sofa for three years while waiting for council home renovations.
William Rhodes, 55, said his partner Lorna Featherstone, 46, could not get upstairs after a bike accident five years ago left her needing a walking frame.
The woman, from Hull, has been washing in the downstairs sink and has slept on the sofa for three years, her partner said.
He told Hull Live they ‘can’t carry on like this’ and just wants somewhere suitable for his partner to be able to wash and sleep properly.
Mr Rhodes, a full time carer for Lorna and his 22-year-old daughter Isobel, claimed Hull City Council had built an outbuilding for them but was yet to do renovations promised three years ago.
A council spokesman said a number of adaptions had already been made to the home, adding they were continuing to work with and support the family.
He said further adaptations to the home were needed.
Mr Rhodes said his partner’s ordeal and his daughter’s diagnosis with Asperger’s as a teenager had left their family at “breaking point”, with all having had suicidal thoughts.
He added his partner also had underlying health conditions, including the hormone deficiency illness Addison’s disease, which left her unable to work.
The 55-year-old said: “My partner got knocked off a bike five years ago and the accident left her severely disabled.
“She also has life long conditions which are progressively getting worse, including Addison’s disease.
“She was let go from her job because the company couldn’t accommodate her disabilities, they tried to put things in place for her but her conditions just got worse.
“Three years ago the council built an ‘out room’ on our house and put a stair lift in for Lorna.
“But they had to take it out because she can’t use it, the guy who fitted it said she was in the 0.1 per cent of people who couldn’t.
“The council agreed we could have an extension, but that was years ago and since then they have come up with excuse after excuse.
“My partner has been washing in the downstairs sink and has slept on the sofa for three years.
“We were fast tracked for the extension three years ago but we’ve just been fobbed off all the time.
“My daughter was also diagnosed with Asperger’s when she was 16, I’m a full time carer for them both and I’m living on £65 a week.
“I just want somewhere for my partner to have so she can sleep and wash properly.
“What are we supposed to do? We can’t carry on like this.”
A council spokesman said: “A number of adaptions have already been undertaken in the property, however further modifications are required in order to fully meet the needs of the family.
“We are working closely with the family to resolve any outstanding issues and will continue to support them until all of the necessary works have taken place.”