Case Study: Dunboyne Court Barry and Margaret McCann have recently purchased a property through the Older Persons Shared Ownership. Although this was not their first purchase of a property, it was their first that was through the Governmentâ€™s Affordable Housing schemes. They had heard about this scheme through a relative who had a friend who lives in Dunboyne Court. Barry has Parkinsons disease and was struggling with the stairs of their previous property. The bathroom was too small and it would have cost far too much for the couple to pay for the current property to be adapted to accommodate their needs. Margaret found the selling of their previous property stressful and difficult and was concerned that they did not lose the property at Dunboyne Court due to the length of time selling their current property could take, although, the property sold very quickly. There were a few problems before moving in to the new property which were not able to be resolved until after they moved in and one main feature was that, due to Health and Safety, a balcony was not allowed in their apartment which would have benefitted Barry and he would have been able to sit on the balcony in the nice weather. On first impressions, Margaret said that her new apartment had a quirkiness that she liked. It is a corner apartment and the staff there were helpful and kind. The couple find St Marychurch handy for shops and no longer feel as isolated as they did in their last property and their way of life has definitely changed for the better with both being able to get out more â€“ especially Barry. Although, Margaret feels that by owning a property, she does not get full support with caring and in her opinion, tenants get more help, she would definitely recommend the scheme to other people in a similar situation. She needed to make a decision for their future and wanted to make sure that they both could live independently and still be together.
Published on Aug 30, 2013