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    Adaptations?!

    Hi,

    I don't know if this is in the right section..but..I currently can not climb in and out of the bath to have a shower(I literally have to either wash standing up or sitting down) so I was wondering if it's possible that the Council would be willing to adapt my bathroom to contain a walk-in shower? I don't know. I can't seem to find anything anywhere. I'd be hugely grateful for any help on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerangelx View Post
    Hi,

    I don't know if this is in the right section..but..I currently can not climb in and out of the bath to have a shower(I literally have to either wash standing up or sitting down) so I was wondering if it's possible that the Council would be willing to adapt my bathroom to contain a walk-in shower? I don't know. I can't seem to find anything anywhere. I'd be hugely grateful for any help on this.
    You need an OT assessment, and you need to ask them about a disabled facilities grant

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    Okay, thank you..

    Hopefully that will help me!

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    All councils are different and it depends on your living situation they ended up moving me to an adapted property, and my uncle had to wait 2years to get one after having 4strokes the last year before it was done we couldn't even get him on the bath seat for him to bath had to wash him while he sat in his chair, they knew this he had a social worker and an ot all gave the council assessements but still had to wait they even said if he could pay for it himself he could have it done but he we couldn't afford that, we got mp involved in the end 2months later it was done so you could try that if all else fails good luck.

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    I still live with my parents. It's difficult because if I were to move out, I would only be entitled to the rate of one room in a shared house due to being 25...this would be impossible for me due to Social Anxiety Disorder, agoraphobia etc

    I have considered moving in with my partner(who is 38) and looking for a property that already has a walk in shower, but this seems like a bit of a hassle as there aren't many around for our budget.

    I will definitely seek more advice about it all though. I'm glad your uncle has had his done now. 2 years wait is stupid.

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    Hi flowerangelx, lovely picture. I now have a wetroom. I couldn't get in and out of the bath and my OT assessor provided me with a Swedish hand rail (it is screwed to the floor and fits over the bath, very rigid and strong. Plus, hand rail on the wall. However, this was still no good for me, so they arranged a wetroom. It only took 4 months until it was fitted (due to the Council waiting for funds). The new shower room is brilliant, and with my shower bench, I can safely shower. So I would advise you to contact Social Services and ask for OT assessment. Good luck hon.

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    Thank you!

    I think I would need a wet room of some description as I can't physically climb into the bath..my knee won't bend or straighten far enough and it's too painful to even attempt it.

    I will get onto this first thing in the morning.

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    In many places the law has changed on this type of adaption&you have to be living in your property for at least two years.Then you need to have a doctors referral to socialservices to get an assessment by their occupational therapist who will come around to where you live after making an appointment with you either over the telephone or by letter.They will then watch you as you attempt to use the bath and then they will ask you questions.Then they will decide if you are eligible for a grant(disabled facilities grant).They will then decide what equipment you may need,usually they will put in a bath chair or raising/lowering bath chair operated by push button,before they offer you a shower but it depends on what they assess you as needing and they decide what you get not you.The are strict as it all costs money from their li tied budget.It also all takes time and it depends on where you live aswell.I used to work in their department so therefore I know that this is the only way to get a shower fitted aswell.Im a full time wheelchair user and I had to go through this process.It took years for them to take out the bath and fit a shower I first had to prove that I couldn't cope with a shower over the bath despite needing two carers&a hoist after having to strip wash for two years first. good luck hope this was helpful to you!

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    Thank you for your great advice & post.

    I have been living in this property for 13 years - It is my parents rented council property, not my own.

    The problem with a chair/hoist is it would not support my weight - I have put on a lot of weight over the last year due to not being able to exercise properly and having an already low metabolism. I cannot climb over the side of the bath as it's just too painful and my knee 'freezes' so I'm wondering how a chair would help? I'm not sure on how these things work. We have a shower over the bath, I just can't access it. :/

    Your post was very helpful to me.

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    Hi I think it depends on the L/A.
    My daughter initially had a bath chair which took her down into the bath and then up. She sat on a turntable to get around and into the bath. This was provided by the L/A
    You can but ask!
    Good luck
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