Stewart was in his early 20’s when he suffered a serious head injury in a car crash back in 2007, after 4 1/2 years he has finally been able to return home for good following rehabilitation and major adaptations to the family home.
Numerous options were considered before the ground floor extension to the side and rear of the property was agreed and found to be acceptable by the planning department.
Although Stewart would still like to return to his former bedroom upstairs, that option proved impossible due to constraints of space and planning rules. When talking about Ian Green of Ashby Building Consultants, Mrs N said she was “pleased he was flexible, there were so many plans but he kept going to explore other ideas working with us and the council, looking at every option; he really listened to what we wanted”. Mr N explained that Ian “had been creative with the space at hand and utilised the spare room to increase the options available”.
Mr N – “It’s made life so much easier, with the hoist to and from the bed, shower and chair. The shower is big enough to accommodate two carers and Stewart, and the facilities are very comfortable”. “Being able to have a ‘made to measure’ facility rather than squeezing into an existing space is a huge benefit”. “One thing I was really impressed with was the size of Stewart’s room, I know there was a lot of liaison regarding the medical equipment, space requirements and such like”. “They’ve created Stewart a bedroom rather than a hospital room”.
Mrs N – “For 2 years, before his eventual return home in 2012, Stewart was able to come home for weekends with the aid of a special bed and hoist but he never wanted to go back, that was tough, emotionally tough on us all”.
Mrs N – “Everything has changed. Everything. But we’re just so glad to have him home”.