CASH to improve the lives of disabled people struggling in their own homes has been described as a lifeline.
Lance Gardiner woke up one day two years ago unable to move because of severe gout, which caused him pain and swelling in his joints.
He spent time in hospital before going back home where he was offered support from occupational therapists.
But being unable to get upstairs to the bathroom by himself put a huge strain on his independence.
Thanks to cash from Fylde Council, Mr Gardiner can get by on his own with a stair lift and brand new bathroom.
And now, more money is in the council’s coffers to pay for improvements to disabled people’s homes.
Fylde Council had already budgeted £476,000 to pay for disability improvements and now Government cash has boosted funds by a further £96,000.
Mr Gardiner, 72, from Kirkham said: “When I came out of hospital it was very difficult to get to the bathroom without help.
“The council sorted my stair lift and completely refurbished the bathroom – I now have a walk-in shower which is more suited to my needs.
“It was a real necessity to keep me going and it has helped me maintain my independence.”
Improvements which can be carried out include ramps, stair lifts, downstairs bathrooms and adapting heating and lighting controls.
Coun Cheryl Little, cabinet member for social wellbeing, said: “You can apply for a grant if you or someone living in your property is disabled and you are the owner occupier, a tenant or landlord of the property.
“I hope this will ensure a better quality of life for disabled people in Fylde and help more people to remain in their own homes as part of the community.”
For information on the grant contact Fylde Council’s Dave Laver on (01253) 658678.