Disabled London mum ‘is a prisoner in her own residence’ after ready years for very important diversifications

Disabled London mum ‘is a prisoner in her own home’ after waiting years for vital adaptations

A disabled mum-of-three says she is a “prisoner” in her own home after waiting around four years for vital adaptations to make it wheelchair accessible. Hasna Mhammed, 49, said ambulance staff have been left “disgusted” at her living conditions and struggled to get her out of the property, in Twickenham, which she rents from social landlord Richmond Housing Partnership.

Ms Mhammed needs the adaptations after becoming a full-time wheelchair user in 2019, when she was hospitalised with serious health complications. She was left with paralysis in her right leg and significant weakness in her left, followed by a diagnosis of Functional Neurological Disorder.

She said she can’t move safely around the home as it isn’t wheelchair accessible, so she spends most of the time in her bedroom. There isn’t ramp access into or out of the property, so she must be carried out of the front door by two people to leave.

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Ms Mhammed said she must be carried out of the front door by two people if she needs to leave(Image: Charlotte Lillywhite)

She told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS): “I’m a prisoner in my own home… I don’t have a life. I was rushed into hospital on Saturday again, unfortunately I had a small incident, and the ambulance paramedics… were absolutely disgusted to see how I was living. They struggled to get me out of the house and when I said I had no ramp and no easy access they were just gobsmacked.”

The mum added she is “scared to go out” after falling out of her wheelchair while being carried out of the front door, meaning she only leaves when necessary. She claimed she has injured herself doing simple tasks as her kitchen isn’t wheelchair accessible, while she can’t access the fridge or wall cabinets.

Richmond Council has agreed to carry out adaptations to the property, including transforming the kitchen into an open plan, wheelchair-accessible space and installing a ramp at the back door, along with funding on top of the maximum £30,000 Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to meet the cost. Councils can issue DFGs to help fund changes to disabled people’s homes.

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