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  • Ellie
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    @Guy2001 - you can send and receive PMs once you have 5 posts under your belt, providing you have enabled PMs in your settings.

    Love Ellie.

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  • Guy
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    Hi Guy

    Andy is absolutely right - you need to apply a lot of common sense to any guidance or it can cost more than it needs to. I went out and tried door widths and turning circles to make sure they would work for my wheelchair etc to be sure! I also drew everything out at a reasonable scale and made sure it worked at the very start.
    Worth checking what technology is available that may help you.
    Doddy Wier had an interesting approach - he had a wet room pod installed outside and knocked access through to it. He aims to donate the pod when he no longer needs it. Nice idea - but he does live on a farm.
    All the best
    Robin

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  • Guy2001
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    Hi Andy,
    I'm a newbie on the forum and having a little trouble working out how to send a private message, not sure if it's enable on my account. Can you send one to me and I'll reply with my email address?
    Guy

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  • nunhead_man
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    Hi there

    I have a guidance note from my OT from my previous address which in turn came from a housing association she knows - if you send me a private message with an email address I can send it to you as an attachment - it's quite a detailed PDF with examples of sample rooms with sizes suitable for wheelchair.

    My two pennies worth is that there is the Rolls-Royce specification and the one that you can manage to get and afford where the former includes corridors 2 m wide and all doors at 900

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  • nunhead_man
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    Hi there

    I have a guidance note from my OT from my previous address which in turn came from a housing association she knows - if you send me a private message with an email address I can send it to you as an attachment - it's quite a detailed PDF with examples of sample rooms with sizes suitable for wheelchair.

    My two pennies worth is that there is the Rolls-Royce specification and the one that you can manage to get and afford where the former includes corridors 2 m wide and all doors at 900

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  • Guy2001
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    Hi Robin,
    Thanks that's helpful to know. We're trying to get the facility done with the smallest footprint possible while still allowing for assistance from a carer for washing and toilet use. It's not easy to work out the requirements within the confines of the rear sitting room in an Ewardian terraced house. We need to install come kind of "pod" within the room, I think. I'll see if our local authority has a buildings advisor that can be as helpful as yours was. It seems to vary from council to council.
    Guy

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  • Guy
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    Hi Guy
    We went through this process a year ago to create a wet room, allow me to move downstairs and make it all wheelchair accessible. Our Local Authority had a buildings advisor who could assist on disabled adaptations and grants (including suitable contractors) and our OT was v helpful and provided useful review. A good experienced contractor really helps.
    General guidance is given in buildings regs part M https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...ndments_V3.pdf It's a very dry read and we looked at it for guidance only!
    you need to apply a lot of common sense to this as you are adapting your home for your own specific needs so you can be flexible. You'll know best what will work for you.
    It took a while and had its challenges but we're v pleased with the outcome.
    Best
    Robin

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  • Guy2001
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    Hi Rachel,
    Thanks. My wife does have an OT who we are consulting. But it's a pity there isn't more info about this somewhere . . .
    Guy

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  • MNDConnect
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    Hello Guy

    We aren't aware of a good resource that gives guidance on dimensions for adaptations. We always advise that people seek this guidance from their Occupational Therapist (OT). Adaptations and equipment are individual to each person's needs and so it's important that the OT carries out an assessment to identify your wife's individual needs. The OT would then be able to advise on adaptations and provide the most appropriate equipment for your wife.

    If your wife does not have an OT, you can contact the local Adult Social Services Team at your local council to ask for an Occupational Therapy assessment.

    Best Wishes

    Rachel
    MND Connect Adviser

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  • Guy2001
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    Home Adaptations

    Is there a good resource I can access that gives guidance on the dimensions and equipment needed for showering and sanitary adaptations we will need to make in our house before too long? My wife is losing strength in her hands/arms and only just managing now to get around the house with a rollator and our stair lift. I anticipate having to accommodate her on the ground floor of our Edwardian terraced house, and we will need to install some kind of pod or wet room facility in our rear sitting room (near the drains and services) where she will be able to use a shower and toilet, probably eventually needing a hoist for transfers. It's a learning curve to try and get my head around the requirements for such a facility, and I'm worried we won't have this in place by the time it's needed.
    Guy
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