Section: Housing for Disabled People

Hidden housing crisis is 'severely limiting' disabled people's independence

Posted 18.06.18
Leonard Cheshire: Article link

Difficulty finding accessible homes is leaving some disabled people with mobility problems unable to leave the house independently and damaging their mental health, according to research by the Leonard Cheshire charity.

The research follows a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last month, which revealed 365,000 disabled people lived in homes not suitable for their needs.

Two in three (68%) disabled adults with a reported mobility impairment said they did not have a bathroom large enough to fit a wheelchair in their home.

Around half (51%) of the same group say they do not have a kitchen large enough to move around in a wheelchair.

More than seven in ten (73%) disabled adults in the same group said they did not have light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental controls that could be operated from a sitting position.

Four in ten (41%) disabled adults with mobility impairments who have experienced difficulty finding accessible homes, said this has had a negative impact on their physical and mental health in equal measure.


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Reporting on June 2018

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