The need for accessible and adaptable homes for disabled and elderly people has risen dramatically over the past 10 years, and demand is set to rise even further over the coming decades.
According to the latest English Housing Survey, in 2014 just 7% of homes in England had four of the key accessible features that make a home ‘visitable’ for anyone that has access needs. These were a level entrance, flush threshold, wide doorways and room to move, and a downstairs toilet.
Wheelchair-user and Co-founder of Disability Horizons, Martyn Sibley, is currently trying to buy his own accessible home. But it’s been an uphill struggle.