Language
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Insurance Funding Request

Did you know Firefly products may be funded by your insurance?

Learn More
Back to Firefly Blog

Garden Accessibility

Garden Accessibility

After moving into a bungalow after my divorce, I had to get all the adaptations done ASAP as my daughter is 14 years old now and impossible to lift without a hoist, now she is practically the same size as me!

I have had the bathroom done, the driveway, all doors widened, hoists/tracking installed, specialist flooring and some French doors from Maisie’s bedroom so she can access the garden easier. Sadly, the grant did not stretch to raising the garden just outside Maisie’s room. I was against having a hideous ramp installed, because although we need it, if the council installed it, it would be a concrete ramp with council paving and basic metal railings etc why do they have to be so ugly? I thought no, new life, new house, new plan for the garden, we will do this ourselves and make our garden area perfect for Maisie and the 2 boys. This would then ensure that the grant is used for the internal stuff first and foremost.

Two years later and we still haven’t managed to finish the garden.

I decided to get a couple of quotes for the work…needless to say they were out of my budget, soooo back to square one. Doing it ourselves….researching and learning new skills would be required.

Due to the age of the bungalow, it had a very established garden, but totally not accessible for a wheelchair. So, my boyfriend bless him has been out there most weekends slogging away clearing the garden, trying to get to a point where we can actually make this work for Maisie. We are sooo near but still so far from having an accessible garden, I do find it overwhelming at times. I’m beginning to think perhaps we should have just let the council do a ramp after all……. I’m sure we will get there, it will just take a little longer than we anticipated. Visions of Maisie using a hoist to get into the hot tub are still there…but it may be a while yet.

Now where did I put that lottery ticket….

Firefly Blog

Real life stories, issues and experiences of day to day life by special needs parents and
healthcare professionals.

Sabrina Phelan

Meet Our Blogger

View Sabrina’s Profile

Become a Firefly Blogger

Would you like to write for Firefly? Join our blogger network of parents, therapists and professionals.

Get In Touch

Become a subscriber today

Join over 40,000 subscribers to our weekly newsletter with insightful articles just when you need them.

Join Mailing List

By using our site you agree to our use of cookies. Click here for more info.

Accept & Close

No Interest if paid in full in 6 months on

Purchases on $99+

US Customers only. Subject to credit approval. See terms below

Paypal Credit

Pay now or pay over time with PayPal Credit. Just use PayPal Credit in PayPal checkout.

Subject to credit approval.

Purchases of $99+:

No Interest if paid in full in 6 months on purchases of $99 or more.

  • A minimum monthly payment is required and may or may not pay off the promotional purchase by the end of the 6 month period.
  • No interest will be charged on the purchase if you pay it off in full within 6 months. If you do not, interest will be charged on the purchase from the purchase date at the Purchase APR applicable to your account.
  • For New Accounts: Variable Purchase APR is 25.49%. The APR is accurate as of 6/1/2018 and will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate (as defined in your credit card agreement). Minimum interest charge is $2.00.
  • Individual items that are less than $99 qualify for special financing when combined for a total of $99 or more in a single transaction.
  • Multiple separate transactions of less than $99 per transaction cannot be combined to meet the minimum purchase amount.

Purchases of $98.99 or less:

Buy now and pay over time with PayPal Credit when you spend $98.99 or less.

  • If you pay your balance in full each month by the payment due date that is on your statement, you can avoid paying interest.
  • Or, make minimum monthly payments, or any additional amount of your choosing, until you've paid off your balance according to your standard account terms. Please note, interest charges may apply.
  • We'll send you email reminders when your payments are due. You can also keep track of your account and view your statements online at any time.

About PayPal Credit

  • PayPal Credit is a reusable credit line available on purchases at thousands of stores that accept PayPal. It's also available for purchases on eBay and exclusively at thousands of other online stores. Plus, it comes with the same security and flexibility you trust from PayPal.
  • If approved, we start you off with a minimum credit line of at least $250. See FAQs for more info.
  • For New Accounts: Variable Purchase APR is 25.49%. The APR is accurate as of 6/1/2018 and will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate (as defined in your credit card agreement). Minimum interest charge is $2.00. See Terms and Conditions tab for more info.
  • If you miss a payment your late fee could be up to $38, even less if it's your first time. See FAQs for more info.

Please wait...