A Sheffield pensioner who feared he would never leave hospital after having his leg amputated is back at home thanks to a city service.
Retired Naval engineer, Dennis Carter, aged 70, who lives in Base Green, was helped by Age UK Sheffield’s Housing Support Service after an infected toe became gangrenous and he had to have his right leg removed.
Because Dennis lived in a second floor flat without a lift he feared he would never leave hospital but Age UK found him a ground floor flat and applied for grants to help with the cost of an electric wheelchair.
He is now living in his new home and said he is now enjoying life again.
Age Concern’s Housing Support Service finds solutions to problems affecting the ability of people to live in their own homes.
Dennis said: “Once I had my leg amputated I knew I wouldn’t be able to return home.
“I had no idea where to turn but the hospital put me in touch with Ruth Thomas from Age UK Sheffield who came to visit me.
“Ruth helped me to find a new ground floor flat which was suitable for a wheelchair and also made sure I was claiming all the benefits I was entitled to so I didn’t have to worry about money.
“Ruth also helped me to apply for some grants.
“The electric wheelchair has been life changing because it means I can get out and about. Losing a leg isn’t the easiest thing in the world to cope with but I wasn’t going to get depressed about it. I just wanted to get on with life.
“I can’t thank Ruth enough. Without her help I would have struggled.”
Ruth said: “We offer a very personalised service so every client I see has different needs and my job is about working closely with each person to find out what challenges they face and how we can help them to live life to the full in appropriate accommodation.
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