We had builders down here the other day to plan my new bathroom.
One problem we have when disabled is the cost of adaptations, although we do not pay VAT. So am looking at a spar shower and bath, that can give some sort of relief.
One problem we have is trying before we buy,so we cannot make decisions on comfort and ease of use. So when looking at all the designs it does our head in, all we need is basic units that can give ease of access, Now I understand that baths with doors leak sometimes
The shower tray will need to be sunk, or a wet room design will need to be installed. when designing we need to make room for possible wheelchairs, so doors may have to be widened This sort of thing extends into the kitchen and bedrooms, we need to look ahead all the time. The occupational therapist has given me a bath buddy so I can use a standard bath, one problem I have is lifting my legs over the. lip of the bath, it takes an age. Now they have sorting out hand rails in what will come a form of ensuit, so I can use an able bodied bathroom, I cannot use my bathbuddy as the bath is too small, the shower is over the bath so I have to get into the bath too use the shower, the shower frame gets trapped and I have to move legs to get it past me. So I .cannot wait to get the adaptations in my new bathroom
Everything needs adapting, thought given to not only I need now, but consider future requirement, New doors will need to fitted to give access throughout properties the list goes on and on, the occupational therapist will give advice, that is appreciated as their grips etc are standard and practical.
We are splitting one kitchen into bath utility so space has to be considered there so I can use both rooms in comfort.
What I am trying to say here is that when adaptations have to be installed, more has to be considered a mistake can be costly and can cause more expense. The whole exercise costs more to set up and this is generally the case for disabled sufferers . Hence I need to save like mad to get work done, this is a big problem for us we need adapts to live a normal life.
So we suffer further disadvantages that the able bodied do not suffer.
Even adaptations need to be made in the garden, to prevent us suffering when doing a hobby, all expensive, The able bodied cannot understand.
One other problem we have is when we move is the removal of hand rails etc in case the new home owner has an accident using them More expense. I does your head in
Sorry about rant