Carol and her daughter, Doreen Sheffield, moved into one of the adapted flats at Paxfold last year. The pair have settled into their new home which was specially designed to suit their needs. The apartment’s adapted features include a kitchen with lower work
tops, wall sockets and kitchen appliances. The apartment’s front door and windows have easy to reach handles and locks as do the bathroom fittings. Since moving in, they have taken full advantage of the community’s social life in the sheltered scheme.
Doreen comments, ‘We’ve made a couple of good friends here, like Yvonne, Gwen and others. We like to go to nearly every social event at Paxfold.’
It’s not just Paxfold that they like, but the area of Stanmore where they have lived all their lives. Doreen explains, ‘We didn’t
want to move out of the area. We are able to still go to the same shops on our scooters.’
Doreen and Carol first heard of HCHA’s redevelopment at Paxfold through their long-time friend and local councillor Camilla Bath of Stanmore Park ward. Cllr Bath supported them in finding suitable accommodation as they moved out from their 3 bed council house in Stanmore to an adapted apartment in the new extension in Paxfold. Cllr Bath said, ‘I’m so pleased that this delightful mother and daughter are enjoying their new independent living accommodation at Paxfold.’
Candis Skinner of the Housing Team at Harrow Council said, ‘What we really appreciated about the Paxfold site was that the extension was being built at the time we went to see it. So I and the occupational therapist felt that all the adaptations required for the clients’ multiple needs could be accommodated for at the design stage of their apartment.’
Case study by Nicola Hartley: Doreen and Carol Sheffield wanted to remain living in Stanmore, but the family house they were living in was becoming unmanageable for their needs. It was fortuitous that we were developing our sheltered scheme at Paxfold to provide some new flats and new communal facilities that would suit the housing requirements of the Sheffield family.
Harrow Council nominated the Sheffields’ prior to development work commencing and the Occupational Therapist had the flat plans early so she could advise on what adaptations the Sheffield’s needed to help them live comfortably in their new flat.
This information enabled HCHA to select a suitable flat on the ground floor that could be easily adapted.
The flat is conveniently situated close to the buggy store so the Sheffields’ can easily park their mobility scooters and is also
easily accessible to communal facilities including the communal lounge and garden. HCHA worked closely with the Sheffield family and the Harrow Housing Department, the occupational therapist, Harrow Adapt and Repair team, the contractors and our own in-house maintenance team in adapting the Sheffield’s flat. The cost of the works were covered within the build contract
and from disability facilities grant.
Some of the adaptations made to the Sheffield’s flat include the following:
• Wall sockets, door handles, door
locks placed at suitable heights.
• Kitchen work tops lowered and
sockets and cooker controls placed
at the front of the units for easy
• Reachable lever taps placed at
the front of basin/sink.
• Under work top oven provided
with side hinge opening.
• Grab rails and a shower seat were
installed in the wet room.
• The wash hand basin, mirror, and
towel rail were positioned at an
• A window winder provided to
mechanically open the high level