Blackburn pensioner left ‘struggling’ with disabled access ramp

Martin Richman outside the home with the ramp

Martin Richman outside the home with the ramp

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A PENSIONER suffering from Alzheimer’s has been left ‘struggling to get in and out of his home’ because his disabled access ramp floods every time it rains.

Ted Suligowski, 89, moved into his daughter’s house in Exeter Street, Blackburn, last August and is now looked after full-time by son-in-law Martin Richman.

Dad-of-two Mr Richman, 50, applied for a £13,000 grant from the Lancashire Centre For Independent Living for the ramp to be built outside the property because Mr Suligowski was ‘struggling’ to climb the stairs.

Blackburn with Darwen Council carried out the work at the start of the year after the grant was approved.

However, Mr Richman, who is married to Mr Suligowski’s daughter Angela, 53, discovered to his ‘horror’ that the ramp flooded and became ‘impassable’ where it met the road when it rains.

Twin Valley Homes, which maintain part of Exeter Street, has pledged to carry out work to attempt to solve the problem, including clearing blocked gullies in the road.

Mr Richman said: “My father-in-law struggles to get in and out of the house whenever it has rained and I’m forced to help him down the steps which is dangerous for him.

”This has been an issue for a while now and I’m disappointed that it has taken so long for someone to say that something will be done.

“The ramp was installed to make his life easier but it just becomes impassable when it rains so it’s pointless.

“I don’t think that unblocking gullies will solve the problem. They are in the wrong place to affect our ramp.”

Ian Bell, head of Twin Valley Homes, said: “We inspected the street on Wednesday and we’re arranging for four blocked gullies to be cleared of leaves and other debris, which should make a big difference to the drainage of rainwater away from properties.”

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5:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

tenerc says...

£13,000 FOR THAT!!!!!!!

i`m at a loss for words, so....
£13,000 FOR THAT!!!!!!! i`m at a loss for words, so.... tenerc
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8:47pm Fri 11 Apr 14

KyleBRFC says...

tenerc wrote:
£13,000 FOR THAT!!!!!!!

i`m at a loss for words, so....
Not just a ramp... Bathroom as he fell and banged hes head so they put a walk in bathroom in, a new door without a lip so he cant trip and new double doors at the back with no lip so he cant trip..
[quote][p][bold]tenerc[/bold] wrote: £13,000 FOR THAT!!!!!!! i`m at a loss for words, so....[/p][/quote]Not just a ramp... Bathroom as he fell and banged hes head so they put a walk in bathroom in, a new door without a lip so he cant trip and new double doors at the back with no lip so he cant trip.. KyleBRFC
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Fri 11 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Crikey. Really
Do we need to spoon feed these people.
Crikey. Really Do we need to spoon feed these people. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 1

6:14pm Sun 13 Apr 14

zabby says...

Thought you could buy a house for that in Blackburn
Thought you could buy a house for that in Blackburn zabby
  • Score: 1

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