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A specially adapted home gives Ballymena family a new lease on life

Published: Wed, 4 Apr 2018
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Receiving the keys to the new family home from Charlene Norrell (Patch Manager) is Sammy McKay, daughter Jessica McKay, Gerry McEvoy (Mascott Construction), Carol O’Kane (Schemes Manager)) Aidan Darragh (Site Foreman) and Arden Pollock (JCP Consulting).
Ballykeel 1
A Ballymena couple are thrilled to have moved into a new home that has been tailored to meet the complex needs of some of their children.
Sammy and Donna McKay had been in search of a property that met the needs of their family. Thanks to us, the family is now moving into a bespoke home in the Ballykeel 1 estate.
By collaborating with health and social care professionals, occupational therapists and M&M contractors, we availed of the opportunity to modify two adjoining properties for the family. Extensive work was undertaken to make this property suitable for the family’s requirements. This project included; installing new windows, fitting new bathrooms and a kitchen, putting in a modern heating system as well as creating a wet room with a specially adapted shower.
The McKay’s received the keys to their new home this week and are thrilled that they are now living in a property that has been specially adapted to meet the needs of their children.
“The Housing Executive has been fantastic throughout this project and has given my family the home that we really needed,” said Sammy McKay.
“I particularly want to thank Carol O’Kane from the Schemes Department, who has bent over backwards to help us and made sure we were involved at every single step.”
Our Mid and East Antrim Area Manager, Mairead Myles Davey, explains why having a specially adapted home is so important for families like the McKay’s:
“It is crucial that parents who have children with complex needs get the right support and this begins with having a safe and comfortable home. Staff have worked tirelessly to help the McKay family get the right property and they will continue to support them throughout their tenancy.
“I am delighted that the Housing Executive has been able to provide them with a home that meets their needs by refurbishing two properties in the Ballykeel 1 estate.”