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RFH Support Hub helps patient regain independence

In December 2019 a young man, Mr K, came to the charity support hub at the Royal Free Hospital for advice after suffering a stroke caused by a long-term heart condition.

He had been working full time before the stroke and was living with his parents. He was left with speech and mobility issues.

This meant he was struggling at home. His parents were living in an 11th-floor council flat with no walk-in shower and as a result he had lost even more independence, as he was reliant on help from his family to get in and out of the bath. He had also been housebound when the lift broke down.

Cristin O’Leary, hub advisor, helped Mr K to apply for disability benefits, which he was awarded. She also helped him to apply for social housing and as a result he was awarded the second highest medical priority on the housing register. He is currently bidding on and viewing suitable properties and hopes to be re-housed by the end of March.

Cristin said: “I hope that having a secure and suitable home will help Mr K regain his independence and improve his wellbeing, giving him a chance to focus on recovery.”

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