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Wirral boy's life 'transformed' by special home extension
A LITTLE boy’s life has been “transformed” thanks to a state-of-the-art extension being fitted to his home.
Four-year-old Scott Smith, who suffers from the rare muscle disorder Myotubular Myopathy, is not able to walk upstairs to shower and needs a ventilator to breathe.
So, in a bid to combat his daily struggles, a purpose- built Modular Adaptation Pod (MAP) has been installed by Wirral Partnership Homes.
The MAP provides a two-room extension tailored to suit Scott’s needs and allow better working conditions for his regular team of carers.
Scott’s mum, Chantelle, from Moreton, said: “By adapting our home in this way, Wirral Partnership Homes has completely transformed our family’s life. It means that we will be able to live more independently, with extra space and improved conditions for Scott.
“We weren’t able to build a normal extension so this is a great alternative. Scott will have such a better quality of life and be able to shower at home and be more comfortable overall. I would definitely recommend this kind of project to other families in the same position as us – we are extremely grateful.”
The MAP, which was lowered to the house on Monday, features a ramped entrance, ceiling hoist lift and integrated bathroom complete with level-access shower.
It forms just one part of WPH’s programme, which has so far invested over £1m in life-changing property adaptations, enabling both elderly and disabled tenants to stay in their homes for as long as possible.
Jayne Winders, director of housing at Wirral Partnership Homes, said: “It is hoped that this property adaptation will go a long way to improve Scott’s quality of life and aid his family in providing his care.
“The MAP is an innovative and affordable approach used to adapt properties to suit the needs of our disabled tenants. It can be moved, or further upgraded in the future depending on the changing aspects of Scott’s needs.”