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Pulham Market couple’s lives ‘transformed’ by pair of South Norfolk Council grants

Trish and Gerry Wilson.
Trish and Gerry Wilson.

The wife of a Pulham Market dementia sufferer says the pair of council grants they have received have been a “godsend” which changed their lives.

Gerry and Trish Wilson contacted South Norfolk Council in November, seeking help for Mr Wilson, who suffers from vascular dementia and had difficulties using the shower.

The council’s Independent Living Team responded by helping them to acquire a Gaining Independence Grant, helping to finance a brand new wet room in their home suitable for Mr Wilson.

They later received further help via the council’s Forget Me Not Grant, run in concert with Norfolk County Council’s Adult Social Care and South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, which offers up to £1,000 to help people with dementia stay in their homes.

This grant enabled the couple to install a key safe and new dementia-friendly carpets.

Mrs Wilson said: “The help we received from the council has been a complete godsend. I really don’t know what we would have done without it.

“They organised everything so quickly and efficiently. We’ve been so impressed.”

“It was such a struggle for Gerry to have a wash. The old shower had an 11 inch step.

“Now we have the wet room all on one level, Gerry can sit in the chair and have a wash on his own. It’s made a huge difference.”

South Norfolk Council reports that it has helped 2,139 vulnerable people stay in their own homes by implementing safety and security measures, and last year, it awarded 178 Disabled Facilities Grants.

Yvonne Bendle, the South Norfolk Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Early Help, said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is a priority for us.

“If people are struggling, they should contact us to find out how we can help.”

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