Dad with epilepsy has ‘fits on concrete floor because council refuse to lay flooring’ – MyLondon

A disabled dad has not had flooring laid by the council despite suffering from epilepsy and fitting on the floor.

Jordan Cook, 37, lives with his seven-year-old daughter and wife Amy Cook, in housing managed by Lewisham Council in South London.

Due to severe epilepsy, as well as learning difficulties and mental health issues, he requires full-time care, meaning his 27-year-old wife cannot work.

He has suffered greatly from the lack of carpet or vinyl on the exposed flooring in the flat especially when he has seizures.

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Amy said: Every time he has a fit, I have to try and quickly get him out because of the hard concrete floor.

Social housing does not have any support. I rang them and asked if there was anything they could do about this and they were like no, absolutely nothing.

This is not the first issue Amy has faced since moving in.

Amys family began living in the flat in 2018, but issues began cropping up immediately. Earlier this year, the familys home was infested with bed bugs.

My daughter has a skin condition where shell have wells, spots on the skin that go around in a circle.

It can be brought on by hot and cold temperatures, and even taking a bath.

And the bed bugs just increased it.

However, Amy claims she was told that bed bugs were her own responsibility.

Apparently its not in their policy, she said, Its something that residents have to pay for themselves.

But having no income due to her husbands needs for full-time care, Amy said she had "no way of doing this.

Fearing for her daughters health, Amy began Googling ways she could raise enough money to eradicate the bed bugs.

I just thought, what can I do?, she said. I need to get out of this situation.

She found GoFundMe, created a page, and an online community of people donated enough to help her have them removed.

It shouldnt be down to other people to help me, she said. It should be down to a) the local authority, and b) the Government to do more, so that families dont end up in these situations.

Theres no safety net for anyone on benefits, she added, "We no longer get any support.

Lockdown took a serious toll on both parents mental health.

Amy said: Lockdown obviously I had everything at once. We got a little increase due to Covid, but not much. And now its been taken away.

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She added that her husband has experienced social anxiety since the pandemic.

She said: Me and my husband both suffer from depression. My husband will no longer leave the house unless I drag him out now.

A spokesperson for Lewisham Council said: "Lewisham Homes repairs team will be in touch with Ms Cook to book a property MOT.

"This new initiative gives residents who have concerns about the overall condition of their home an opportunity for a thorough survey, from a team equipped to carry out a variety of repairs on the spot or offer future appointments for more complex work.

Amy is still trying to raise money to have proper flooring put in. Find her GoFundMe here.

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