ALL they want is to live out their lives in the house that has been home for 22 years.Related content
But now devoted couple Antonia and Giuseppe Lanni face having to move out.
They are trapped in a wrangle over vital alterations to their privately-owned small Dalton terrace house.
They say they have been blocked by Kirklees Council, which wants to charge £51,000 for a downstairs extension.
The couple face having to sell up or move into a care home if they cannot get a downstairs extension built for Mr Lanni.
He is partially deaf and suffers from diabetes and a stomach ulcer. He cannot walk or care for himself after a stroke two years ago.
The couple need a shower, toilet and bedroom area and a wheelchair ramp to allow Mr Lanni to get in and out of the house.
Mrs Lanni, 72, has to lay thick mats in the porch to level it before she can push his wheelchair out of the front door.
She said: "We are prisoners in our home."
She has no room for a second bed downstairs, so snatches sleep in a chair between tending to her husband.
Mr Lanni can only get a proper bath once a week at a local care home because his wife cannot get him upstairs.
She pays a helper to get him up and put him to bed.
Kirklees Council said the couple could apply for grant aid, but 18 months ago decided it would be best to fit an £8,000 stair lift.
It was removed eight weeks later as it was unsuitable.
Under Government guidelines, the council can provide financial help to pay for adaptations to enable disabled people to continue living in their own homes independently.
Details of the scheme for disability adaptations - on the council's website - say that financial help is available for adaptations costing more than £500 in privately-owned, rented and council properties.
But it adds: "If the adaptation you need will cost more than £5,000, we can consider you in a more appropriate council-owned property."
The council drew up plans for the extension, but told the couple it would cost £51,000 - and it would only pay £21,000. The family can only raise £10,000.
Mrs Lanni said: "We can't afford that. They might as well have said `no' straight away.
"Never in our life have we signed on. We worked hard. We never thought of asking for something. But at our age it is hard."
Their son, Fernando, spoke to the council about the price.
He said: "They admitted maybe it is over-priced. They knew my parents have no money, so why waste the time and get their hopes up? If something happened in that house, how would they get out?
"We look after dad at home. He is a proud man and he wants to be with my mum."
The family have sought help from Clr Colin Walder.
He met housing officials and they agreed to get quotes from builders who can do the work within the Lannis' budget.
Clr Walder said: "Under Government regulations the council needs to supply facilities for people in this situation.
"The price was excessive. Let's hope Mr Lanni gets the dignity he deserves."
A council spokesman said a grant for work to meet Mr Lanni's needs was approved in August. This was only to convert the dining room for a ground- floor bedroom, shower-room and access ramp, not the extension wanted by the family.
Any extra costs involved in the extension would have to be met by the family.