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Disabled woman sleeping on three chairs in empty home

Rose Strain sleeping on three chairs
Rose Strain sleeping on three chairs Image credit:

A disabled woman forced to move out from her home after a mite infection is sleeping on uncomfortable garden furniture in an empty flat.

Rose Strain, from South Lanarkshire, was told she could temporary relocate to another apartment by Link Housing, but she was shocked to find out the property had no essentials such as a cooker, microwave or even a bed.

The 61-year-old is now suffering from back pain after sleeping on three chairs which she had pushed together to form some kind of bedding.

Strain told said: ‘I have been sleeping on two chairs pushed together. I fell ill recently with a chest infection and when the paramedics arrived, they took me into hospital for 10 days because of my housing conditions.

‘I think they wanted me to have a sleep. They helped me more than social work has so far.

‘It has been a really awful and dark chapter for me. I have never needed help before in my life until now.

‘I turned to social work but they just closed the door on me and didn’t want to know about it. I have had no help at all.

‘My last home was beautiful – I had it so nice and had so many lovely things.

‘It’s all lost now and I have nothing. There hasn’t even been any help for me to get some clothes on my back.’

Rosie has a chronic leg condition after contracting diabetes which makes walking up and down stairs painful and, for obvious reasons, she prefers to be on a ground floor.

She said: ‘I was eventually offered two flats – one was on the ground floor and the other was on the first floor.

‘Due to my legs, I obviously wanted the one on the ground.

‘The housing said that work still needed to be done to it and that it would take a few weeks before they could finish it up.

‘It is the winter months now and it has been getting really cold – I couldn’t really wait much longer and needed a roof over my head so I had to choose the flat on the first floor.’

She added: ‘The stairlift in my new block absolutely terrifies me, every time I use it I think it’s going to break.

‘When I eventually get into my flat, I sit there with nothing in it.

‘There is no microwave, fridge, freezer, furniture or anything. It is a complete shell and it is meant to be sheltered housing.’

A spokesperson for Link Housing said: ‘Ms Strain moved into the property at Peel Court on October 15, she was offered a ground floor and a first-floor property – Mrs Strain chose the first-floor property and the social work department confirmed this would be suitable for her needs.

‘A member of our housing team spoke with Ms Strain on November 17 and, following this conversation, is working closely with her to help allocate a new home.

‘Our homes do not usually come with white goods or furniture, however, in this instance, Link will arrange for the supply and installation of a new cooker and bed for Ms Strain until a new home can be allocated.’

Mites are not a defined taxon, but the name is used for members of several groups of the class Arachnida.