Disabled woman ‘slept on 2 chairs pushed together’ after being given unfurnished home

Rose Strain, 61, had to move because of a mite infestation – but has now been forced to sleep on two chairs pushed together after being given an unfurnished social home

Rose Strain, 61, says she's had to sleep on chairs pushed together after being given an unfurnished flat
Rose Strain, 61, says she’s had to sleep on chairs pushed together after being given an unfurnished flat

A disabled woman has claimed she’s been forced to sleep on some chairs pushed together after being given social housing with no furniture and nothing to cook on.

Rose Strain, 61, had to move into sheltered accommodation after her old home was rendered useless following a mite infection.

After finding herself on the streets two months ago, she was moved into a flat maintained by Link Housing Association – but Rose claims she has had to improvise her sleeping arrangements after finding the property has no bed and no cooker.

Rose suffers with a leg condition caused by her diabetes medication, and now claims she has chronic back pain from sleeping on two chairs.

She says she misses her cosy home she had to leave.

After finding herself on the streets two months ago Rose was moved into a flat maintained by Link Housing Association


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Link Housing Association has refuted criticism and says it is working to find another home which is more suitable.

The association has now provided a bed and a cooker – and say they do not usually provide homes with these items.

Rose said: “I have been sleeping on two chairs pushed together.

“I fell ill recently with a chest infection and when the paramedics arrived, they took me into hospital for 10 days because of my housing conditions.

“I think they wanted me to have a sleep. They helped me more than social work has so far.

“It has been a really awful and dark chapter for me. I have never needed help before in my life until now.

The home has come completely unfurnished


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“I turned to social work but they just closed the door on me and didn’t want to know about it. I have had no help at all.

“My last home was beautiful – I had it so nice and had so many lovely things.

“It’s all lost now and I have nothing. There hasn’t even been any help for me to get some clothes on my back.”

Rose moved into the property in Peel Court, Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire on October 15.

There is a stairlift which Rose says she is afraid to use, as she claims it seems like it might break.

She said: “I was eventually offered two flats – one was on the ground floor and the other was on the first floor.

“Due to my legs, I obviously wanted the one on the ground.

Rose Strain pictured in her kitchen at home in Cambuslang. There is no cooker or fridge


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“The housing said that work still needed to be done to it and that it would take a few weeks before they could finish it up.

“It is the winter months now and it has been getting really cold – I couldn’t really wait much longer and needed a roof over my head so I had to choose the flat on the first floor.”

Due to her condition, Rose has been struggling to make her way up and down the staircase without using the lift.

She said: “The stairlift in my new block absolutely terrifies me, every time I use it I think it’s going to break.

“When I eventually get into my flat, I sit there with nothing in it.

“There is no microwave, fridge, freezer, furniture or anything. It is a complete shell and it is meant to be sheltered housing.”

A spokesperson for Link Housing said: “Ms Strain moved into the property at Peel Court on October 15, she was offered a ground floor and a first-floor property – Mrs Strain chose the first-floor property and the social work department confirmed this would be suitable for her needs.

“A member of our housing team spoke with Ms Strain on November 17 and, following this conversation, is working closely with her to help allocate a new home.

“Our homes do not usually come with white goods or furniture, however, in this instance, Link will arrange for the supply and installation of a new cooker and bed for Ms Strain until a new home can be allocated.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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