We’re working with Adam, a 33-year-old Hungarian who was working in the UK when he was hit by a car, sustaining catastrophic injuries. This earlier blog gives the background to the case. In this post Anava Baruch, our MD and Clinical Lead, looks at the challenges of helping him return home to Hungary.
Last week I was looking for blank canvas for a client in an area which is densely populated. I found it! The last bungalow in the street, probate sale.
To those of you who have been following my Budapest property search I am pleased to give an update: unfortunately the perfect property I found last time was sold before we had the money to pay the deposit. I knew the property market in Budapest was moving very quickly, but I was still very frustrated when it was no longer available. However, on the plus side, I believe I found a much better one on my most recent trip. So my expert supplementary report is now ready and I am crossing my figures and toes that we get to secure this one in time.
We had a very satisfying day last week. Anava, our very own Kirstie Allsopp of the housing occupational therapy world, worked her magic for a new client. This client has been searching for 3 long years for a property to suit their needs and with nothing more magic than actually *listening* to the client Anava has found them a property within 3 weeks. It’s now time to find an understanding architect who can listen to the client and create the space around our advice and design, and the client’s needs.
We recently visited a client who is making a decision about whether to move from their council property and area they know, to a larger property better suited to their needs. This may seem like an ideal situation but at Design for Independence we always consider the bigger picture. For many clients a move away from the area that they know can be stressful. They are potentially moving from family, neighbours and friends which can cause extreme anxiety.
We make sure we discuss all options with our clients to ensure that no hasty decisions are made, considering their needs, now and in the future.
Many of our clients have been involved in catastrophic accidents or clinical negligence. They may suffer from brain injury, spinal cord injuries, loss of limbs, cognitive and visual impairments. Some require very extensive care packages to support them in the community. Following the admission of liability, clients are awarded money to ensure their accommodation is suitable for their needs. In many cases, clients need to find a new home for both themselves and their family.