Disabled boy, 19, forced to ‘live like animal’ in house where he cannot even use shower
A mum-of-two says her family are “living like animals” while waiting for adaptations for her house so her disabled son can use the shower.
Katarzyna Kobiela is living with her husband and two sons in temporary accommodation while awaiting repair works to be made to her house.
She said the house is unsafe, with no carpet, and carpet staples sticking out of the floor in various places, and patches of damp on parts of the floor, Liverpool Echo reports.
She said: “I have a 19 year old son who is a wheelchair user. He is like a newborn.
“I have to feed him, change him, he can not sit, walk or talk. We are living in a completely un-adapted property and I have to carry him by myself to his wheelchair or bed.
“Our son was living in a dining room for three years because we were advised to not carry him upstairs, he had no access to shower, garden, or kitchen. It was like he was in prison.
“Finally we were told building works have been accepted and were given temporary accommodation. It didn’t look great but we accepted it as we knew it would only be for a short time.”
Through housing agency Plus Dane, the family moved into a house in Bootle, as their own home in Anfield will not be safe to live in while works are carried out.
Katarzyna added: “We have had to cancel our three-year-old’s birthday party as the temporary house is not suitable.
“The state of the temporary house is shocking and when we asked them today when the building works will start they said they don’t know because they haven’t got building permission yet.
“We are human beings, we pay bills and taxes, but I feel like an animal.”
Paul Knight, Executive Director of Neighbourhoods at Plus Dane, said: “We have been working with the family in recent months to support their additional needs. The extension that is needed on their home means they have to move out while the work is carried out so we have been looking for suitable temporary accommodation in partnership with their occupational therapist.
“A home that meets their needs recently came up and we have been able to move them temporarily so that once planning permission is approved the works can begin.
“We will continue to support the family in any way we can and are working with the local authority to get the works completed as soon as possible.”
Liverpool City Council said: “The scheme is currently awaiting planning approval and until such time a start date with the contractor cannot be confirmed.
“Liverpool City Council have not been involved in arranging for the family to move this early in the process, however now this situation has arisen we are working with all parties to try and find a solution that best suits the family.”