The mother of a disabled woman is at her wits’ end as she desperately searches for appropriate housing
Wendy Morris is having to carry her 24-year-old daughter Rebecca, who suffers from Rett’s syndrome, over her shoulder to a tiny downstairs shower from a makeshift bedroom in the lounge.
She has been doing this for the past eight months, after carrying her daughter up the stairs proved too much at their property on Dennis Hall Road, in Amblecote.
Rett syndrome is a rare neuro-developmental disorder. It can cause severe physical and mental disability, starting in early childhood. The condition affects approximately one in every 10 to 12,000 females and is only rarely seen in males.
Mrs Morris had thought there may be an end to her having to struggle carrying her daughter after being put on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s urgent housing list, but 12 months later they are still waiting.
“I don’t know what else I can do. I have called the council thousands of times,” says Mrs Morris.
She also believes the wait has been prolonged because an occupational therapist has concluded they must have a bungalow, despite there not being any available.
She said: “Every time I try to offer a solution they say no. They say we can’t have a stair lift, or an internal lift.
“I suggested a bedroom and shower room downstairs but they said that would take me over the room limit.
“I am willing to pay to extra bedroom tax, but they still said no.”