Just before Christmas, aged 78, I was knocked down while walking across a local car park. My leg injuries were described as ‘horrific’, and I lost one leg and nearly lost the other one too, but thanks to the expertise of the surgeon in Bristol, my right leg was saved.
My recovery has been long, but with the fantastic support of my lovely family, and a case manager via the Rehabilitation Code, I went from the hospital to a Nursing Home whilst the team found and adapted a property for me to rent. This has taken over 18 months, but I’m now in my own home.
I first met Fiona when she came to assess me for a powered indoor / outdoor wheelchair, which I now use every day. I can walk short distances with a frame too, so long as there is someone with me.
Fiona worked with Idapt LLP on the plans for the adaptations to the bungalow and recommended the equipment I would need to allow me to be as independent as possible. This includes a lovely kitchen with split level cooker, easy to access storage and a sink and worktop I can get my knees under when I’m sat in my chair. After just a month in my new home, I can now make all my own meals and the family came round for a roast dinner last Sunday!
My en suite bathroom has a tilting bath which is lovely and it also has a shower over. I use this every day with assistance, and I’m hoping I can do the shower on my own in time.
Next week I’m off on holiday with my family.
After my accident I thought I’d never be able to do all these things again. I’m very grateful to you for your expertise and help in enabling me to live independently and to do the things I want to.