Hilary shares her story as part of Equality Commission Statement published today

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Hilary moved into her new home in Meadowvale Court in August 2016 and has shared how living independently in a home that meets her needs has made a huge difference to her life. Her story is featured as one of a number of stories as part of the 'Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland', published today by the Equality Commission.

Hilary had been unable to live independently after a stroke and had been living in our residential home at Ballymacoss for more than 20 years. In partnership with South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and Triangle Housing Association we moved to redevelop a site near Lisburn, now Meadowvale Court, which has 13 state of the art apartments all equipped with SMART technology and many of the former residents of Ballymacoss made the transition there to their independent accommodation.HIlary

“It’s just brilliant,” is how Hilary describes her home in the purpose-built facility. Now supported to live in a self-contained one-bedroom apartment, Hilary speaks passionately about being able to decide on her own colour schemes, picking her own pictures and cushions, and matching kitchen utensils, things that many of us take for granted — but which Hilary had never been in a position to do before.

The apartment which Hilary now calls home has been designed to meet her every need. The technology helps ensure that her independence isn’t compromised and there are easily-accessible buzzers and buttons to open and close doors and blinds.

With modern technology Hilary can control almost everything. “I thought I’d never have a place like this to call my own — it’s just great,” she said.

You can read the full Equality Commission statement on their website and view Hilary's video on the Equality Commission Youtube channel - click here.

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