Judith Dixson, a 41 year- old former midwife from Frinton, Essex suffers from a debilitating condition. This condition meant that she used to struggle with the day to day tasks in her home environment until her bathroom and kitchen were adapted to suit her special needs. Ms. Dixson encountered difficulties especially in the kitchen area being unable to reach the appliances safely from her wheelchair. These obstacles resulted in unwillingness to enter the kitchen and occasionally she even preferred not to eat at all, due to burning herself while cooking as well as dropping plates and glasses; everything was simply just too far to reach.
Ms. Dixson’s physiotherapist recommended she contact an Occupational Therapist who would make an assessment of her special requirements and needs to help make her daily living difficulties more tolerable. The Occupational Therapist referred Judith to Tendring Home Improvement Agency who, in turn, arranged for a Disabled Facilities Grant. This grant helped her to modify her home to meet her special needs.
The kitchen was supplied by Howdens Basildon and all the installation and adaptations were carried out by Trinity Independent Living. Trinity works closely with Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Trusts and Occupational Therapists. Trinity’s Independent Living specialists create clever bathrooms, kitchens and living areas for clients wishing to make their daily lives easier and more comfortable. The alterations made in Ms. Dixson’s house have transformed her life to a whole new level. Now, after having her newly installed kitchen, she can be closer to the hob, and operate the oven more efficiently and she has rediscovered her confidence in cooking. She has even started to explore new dishes and she has developed a new interest in baking cakes.
Even though the whole process of getting the new disabled kitchen with the involved paper work took over a year, Ms. Dixson feels it has been worth the wait, since it has truly made her daily living tasks so much easier and more enjoyable. “ I think that many disabled people have an “ I’ll manage” attitude, and so did I. However the council and OT made me realize that I can manage my life and daily tasks more easily by adapting areas of the house, such as the kitchen and the bathroom.’
When we asked her about the quality of the service, she responded; ‘The workman, Anthony was very friendly and I felt relaxed when he was in my home. He understood my requirements with regards to the kitchen by making sure that all levels were at right height, using my wheelchair to measure them. Trinity and my new kitchen have truly transformed my life. Going into the kitchen doesn’t seem like an obstacle anymore, more like a pleasant journey. Trinity, Howdens Basildon and Tendring Home Improvement Agency have helped me to move on towards independent living. Thanks to the team at Trinity, especially Anthony, for making my dream kitchen come true.’
For more information contact Trinity Independent Living by tel: 01277 822600 or visit our websitewww.trinityliving.co.uk.
Ms. Judith Dixson bakes a cake for Trinity & Howdens staff in her new kitchen.