“In the last year the only areas I could access was the pantry and a couple of draws. It meant crowding food and crockery together and losing things at the back of the cupboard. I’d been looking online at cupboards that would give me easier access for some time and couldn’t find anything that would work,” she said.
Having installed a bathroom for Gypsy a few years ago, she once again approached TADWA through one of the Occupational Therapists. Gypsy was thrilled to find a solution to her problem through Inclusive Living.
“It was a revelation to see such practical solutions to all the difficulties I was having as well as for people with all kinds of disabilities. The cupboard that came down from the wall was the one I felt would serve the greater purpose.
“There was a perfect place on the wall near the sink which meant I didn’t have to walk back and forwards to the pantry. With this set-up I would have everything in one spot next to the sink, the hotplate and kitchen bench. Incredibly user-friendly,” she explained.
Having the cupboard installed only last month, Gypsy said it was the most important thing to her and has made an enormous difference to her life.
“I love the cupboard! It feels like Christmas every time I use it. I put in the things that I use daily and every part of it is accessible. The remote control is a dream… two arrows: one up and one down. All technology should be this easy!
“I feel so much more at ease and independent in the kitchen. The cupboard is spacious so it takes a considerable amount. I don’t have to rely on someone else to get things from cupboards or bend down to fetch things anywhere near to the same degree.
“The cupboard is a great blessing and I am very grateful to all the people at TADWA and the OT’s who were involved,” Gypsy said.