Health fears for 103-year-old in damp property

Irene Henderson.
Irene Henderson.
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Fears have been raised over the health and wellbeing of a 103-year-old woman due to damp in her home.

Relatives and friends of Irene Henderson have called on housing company Bernicia to resolve the situation at her Ashington house before it impacts on her health.

She is 103 and still living independently and we want her to be able stay that way but for it to be as comfortable as possible for her

Irene’s granddaughter, Suzanne Main

Following months of discussions between both sides, a meeting was held on Monday at the home in Wallington Road, to see what could be achieved to help resolve the problems.

Irene, who has lived in the house for more than 30 years, has been forced to put up with damp in her bathroom.

Concerns have also been raised about low temperature levels in the property.

Irene’s granddaughter, Suzanne Main, said: “The bathroom is in quite a state of disrepair, the walls are coming away and are black with mould.

“She is 103 and still living independently and we want her to be able stay that way, but for it to be as comfortable as possible for her.

“She’s lived in the house for 30 odd years, and the bathroom has not been updated.

“We just want to make it as nice for her as possible and so she is safe in her own home, as she doesn’t want to move from there.”

The family had hoped to get a wet room installed in the bathroom to solve the damp problem, and enable Irene the chance to continue living independently.

A spokesman for Bernicia said: “We regret that Mrs Henderson is experiencing problems within her home.

“Mrs Henderson’s welfare is very important to us and we have arranged an immediate inspection to review and rectify the issue.”