Me and Rachel moved into our home in 1996 and to be honest our mortgage is pretty low compared to many on the house buying ladder at the moment. We have many memories here, raised our family here and we have never seriously considered moving. Until today.
Jude’s needs mean that there will need to be significant adaptations made to our home. He will need a downstairs room, with on suite. There will need to be provision for one of us to sleep with him if required. Then there is all his ‘stuff’ which is steadily increasing – various chairs, standers, therapy aids and in the future maybe wheelchairs, lifts and hoists…..
Today was our first visit from the people who pay for these sorts of things – a grant of upto £30 000 is available to make the sort of alterations that Jude would need. After having a look around the house it began to become clear that our home might just not be suitable for the type of adaptation Jude will need. We are in a semi-detached and the un-detached side of our house is not parallel to next door which means there isn’t the room to build sideways and if we can’t build sideways we can’t build up either. Building backwards or forwards poses problems too and for the first time we are considering the possibility of moving.
Today could have been quite significant.