Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has pledged its support to residents with an incurable disease by signing up to the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) charter.
MND is a devastating and rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and can leave people unable to move, talk and eventually breathe.
By supporting the charter, the council has committed to taking an active role in giving those who are living with the disease the right to be treated as individuals and with dignity and respect, maximising their quality of life and ensuring carers are valued, respected and supported.
The council will be able to work closely with the JobCentre on applications for disability payments and ensure those living with MND are able to make vital adaptations to their homes through Disabled Facilities Grants.
Cabinet Member for Digital Innovation and Inclusion Cllr Hannah Golding said: “I am extremely pleased that we are joining 70 other councils who have committed to supporting people living with this devastating disease.
“I have seen first-hand the reality of people living with Motor Neurone Disease and how rapidly it progresses, meaning they cannot do simple things that we take for granted such as talking and walking. Despite this they continue to show courage and determination.
“Although we do not provide access to care, it is important the council takes an active role in supporting residents living with the disease by ensuring our staff are well trained and help to deal with their queries quickly and sensitively.”
Chris James, Director of External Affairs for the MND Association said: “The importance of the MND Charter is undeniable. We want everyone to be clear that access to the right care, in the right place, at the right time, as set out in our Charter, can transform lives.”
For more information about the charter, visit www.mndcharter.org