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Daniel at Fairacres

Daniel's Story

A tenant in Cherry Tree Court

Daniel previously faced 40 stairs that led up to his flat and no lift. With a degenerative disability, this was becoming unsafe and causing Daniel concern when he wanted to go anywhere.

Daniel said: “I have Muscular Dystrophy and my neurologist said I should move to a ground floor flat or a flat with a lift. I also have Ménière’s Disease and it causes balance problems. As a result, I have mobility issues and I don’t go out without crutches. My flat was becoming increasingly unsuitable and my condition is progressive and it got to a point where I had to move as I just couldn’t cope anymore. I knew about Jewish Blind & Disabled but I didn’t realise it was for people my age.”

Daniel works full time from home as a civil servant in a child protection team. For Daniel, the move to his Jewish Blind & Disabled apartment in February 2020 meant he hasn’t been isolated throughout the pandemic, a sense of security and peace of mind knowing there are other people around. “If I fall over, I know that help is on hand – I can just pull a cord or make a phone call and someone would be there within a couple of minutes. It has also meant that going out is a lot less difficult. Overall, I’m much happier than I was before and my flat is so much larger than my previous one. I find people here are friendly and pre-lockdown, I was attending Shabbat candle lighting in the lounge. Once lockdown is over, I’m looking forward to meeting more people.”

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