Graham* had been bedridden for months whilst awaiting surgery. With his mobility issues, he needed help finding suitable housing that would be available once he left hospital, so he requested the support of our Enliven East Christchurch Older Adult/Kaumātua Service.
He wanted a simple unit with kitchenette, bathroom and living area, but needed to be near a pool and gym to help with his rehabilitation. Also, the housing needed to suit his limited budget.
Social Worker, Hannah* managed to find something that matched all of Graham’s needs. However, the property belonged to an organisation, and their units were usually occupied by patients. The organisation had never rented privately before, so Hannah became an advocate for Graham. She attended viewings on his behalf and set up multiple meetings between herself, Graham, and the property manager to discuss arrangements. The original rent was too high; however, Hannah negotiated a reduction in the weekly rent, so it became more affordable.