Words from Our Tenants
Accessible Properties tenants Rodney Vincent, and Rodney & Shirley Landrebe.
The best of present of all
Three tenants will all have somewhere new to live this Christmas thanks to some quick thinking by their neighbour and quick action by their Tenancy Manager.
Shirley Landrebe was being trapped at home by her disabilities, which were increasingly restricting her movements. Her husband, Rodney Landrebe, was no longer able to help her in and out of the house and he was becoming desperate for help. Shirley’s sister, Delwyn Semenoff, miles away in Hamilton, was getting urgent calls because Shirley was either stuck inside outside.
“I have just felt helpless because I am over here,” Delwyn says.
While the couple was waiting for a more accessible unit, their neighbour had a good idea. He said a man he supported, Rodney Vincent, liked their unit and would be keen to swap.
They went to view the unit – “and it was perfect,” Delwyn says. So they contacted Tenancy Manager Judi Little and the swap was approved. “They approved it very, very quickly. It’s perfect for Christmas. It’s absolutely perfect. I feel overwhelmed.
"This will bring Shirley back to the person she is, without worrying every day about how she will get down the steps and how she will get into the shower and out of the shower."
“I am a Christian – we are all Christians. I had prayed and prayed about the move and I thought that this is such a huge answer to prayer,” Delwyn says.
Judi says Shirley was effectively housebound, and even had to be helped outside to have her photograph taken. But it had not been possible to modify their house. At the same time, Rodney needed to be closer to his caregiver and to the hospital.
She says all the tenants are “over the moon” about the house swap. “Rodney Vincent will now have his caregiver living next door. Shirley and Rodney will now have a property with level access, just two doors from the supermarket and three doors from their church.”
A home Chaedarn can fully enjoy
When Shontelle and her daughter Chaedarn were faced with moving out of their home, Accessible Properties was there to help.
Chaedarn has a disability because of complications during birth, as well as a chronic lung condition. It was important not only to find somewhere to live, but to also find somewhere that would be accessible for Chaedarn.
Shontelle worked with her ACC case manager who identified Accessible Properties as an option.
Shontelle says once a meeting was set up, everything happened very quickly. She was soon viewing an Accessible Properties home in Hamilton.
“When I saw the house it felt right immediately. The house was well set up for Chaedarn’s needs and she is able to access the entire home."
“It’s easier than any other house we’ve lived in. My daughter can enjoy every aspect of this house. In some other houses, she couldn’t even go outside.”
Another benefit Shontelle has seen is a real improvement in her daughter’s physical wellbeing.
“Chaedarn’s health has really picked up since moving into our new home. All of the windows in the house are double-glazed, and I notice this has helped to improve things with her lung condition.”
And what does Chaedarn think of the new place? “She’s loving it and is so happy.”