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    Hi

    We are looking to convert our garage to a wetroom and bedroom area. We have been through the disabled facilities grant route with a view to getting some sort of contribution. Obviously this was unsuccessful as i am still working and therefore would have to contribute more than the top £30k. We obviously knew this may be the case but what we cannot understand is that no-one will give us any technical advice. Clearly we have not been through this before so we want to get it right first time. What we thought we would get is: -

    1. Minimum size of room required
    2. Spacing of shower, toilet and sink
    3. Grab rail requirements
    4. Details of do's and don'ts

    Any advice would be gratefully received

    Christoff

    #2
    Hi Christoff

    Your Occupational Therapist (OT) should be able to answer questions about the adaptations. Even if they aren't providing the equipment, they would be able to advise on what you need and what your requirements are. We always suggest that the OT is involved throughout any adaptations so that they can advise and signpost as needed.

    We do have the MND Support Grant which can be used towards the cost of adaptations. It is limited funding so any grant given would most likely only be a contribution towards a piece of equipment. If this is useful, your OT would need to apply for the grant on your behalf. The application form and more information about our grants can be found on our website here https://www.mndassociation.org/getti...ople-with-mnd/

    Please do feel free to pass our telephone number (0808 802 6262) on to the OT and we'd be happy to talk through the grants with them and answer any questions that they may have.

    Best Wishes

    Rachel
    MND Connect
    Contact us on 0808 802 6262 or at [email protected]

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      #3
      Rachel

      Many thanks for your response, the problem is we have had an OT round and they offered absolutely no advice whatsoever. I understand that the association can offer some equipment as required and we may look into this

      Regards

      Chris

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        #4
        Hi Chris,
        We used a firm called Easibathe. They planned the wetroom and then we showed the plans to the OT, in case there was anything we'd missed.
        Maybe ask your OT if she'd be happy to do that.
        Bern

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          #5
          Hi Chris

          I am sorry that the OT didn't offer any advice. We are always happy to speak to health and social care professionals on behalf of someone with MND. If you think that this would be helpful then please do send us a private message or email us at [email protected]

          Best wishes

          Rachel
          MND Connect
          Contact us on 0808 802 6262 or at [email protected]

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            #6
            Hi Chris
            I'm going through the same process. Still working so no financial support but they offered to project manage for 10% of the cost of the work !!! (I declined their kind offer )
            So we have employed a builder we know. OT has been round to meet with the builder and has made suggestions that we were already aware of. eg. Door widths to allow access of wheelchair, joist strengthening to allow for ceiling hoist to be fitted, clear route through into room and then through into wet room, toilet position for ease of use. You'll need building regs too. We found a local company who charged £240 (local council would be a lot more). OT said some funding should be available for various bits. I want to have a shower toilet seat to make life a little easier for my wife who will be caring for me so will need power supply within reach.

            The OT did offer to draw up the plans using some software package she has but we've not received anything yet so are just moving ahead with it.

            Hope some of this is useful to you in some way.

            Andy
            Sporadic MND/ALS - Limb onset - Diagnosed May 2016

            Today is the tomorrow I feared yesterday

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              #7
              I'm interested in this discussion because I have had a recent slow degeneration MND diagnosis. Please excuse if you have read my previous posts so you know this. I bought suction grab rails from Amazon a few months ago to help me in the our over the bath shower. I took one of them on holiday with us but it wouldn't stick to the wall with the type of tiles that were there. We have a modest home with our bathroom over the stairway (it took part of the front bedroom too. This was done before we moved in). There is 4 steps up to the bathroom and nowhere else in the house where we could make a suitable wet room. I'm lucky that my MND is slow so we'll have some time to work out the best thing to do with the help of my OT. I'll be meeting some of my care team in just over 3 weeks time. A wet room can be done on our raised wooden bathroom floor, but the steps will eventually be a problem. Thanks for all of the information. Lynne
              Last edited by Lynne K; 20 November 2017, 18:51. Reason: typo
              ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my ballance.
              I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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                #8
                Andy B - thanks for the information, i am surprised you had to pay for building regulations as it is a disabled adaptation and these ought to be waived. We too had the kind offer of 10% to project manage and we too respectfully told them to go forth and multiply. I don't think we are asking too much to have a bit of technical assistance but it seems to be the way of the council/local government.

                We have an architect coming round tomorrow for initial designs and drawings. As it is an integral garage conversion it will not be perfect but we have adequate access to one side of the bed position and an uninterrupted path to the wet room. The wet room looks as though it can be configured to have a turning circle of 1200mm for a wheelchair.

                I shall keep you all posted on progress

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                  #9
                  When we changed our shower/bathroom into a wet room our OT gave us a list of local builders who undertook this kind of work for the council. We got in touch with one and we where happy with him and they carried out all the work for us.
                  Sue

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                    #10
                    Vat

                    Originally posted by Christoff View Post
                    Andy B - thanks for the information, i am surprised you had to pay for building regulations as it is a disabled adaptation and these ought to be waived. We too had the kind offer of 10% to project manage and we too respectfully told them to go forth and multiply. I don't think we are asking too much to have a bit of technical assistance but it seems to be the way of the council/local government.

                    We have an architect coming round tomorrow for initial designs and drawings. As it is an integral garage conversion it will not be perfect but we have adequate access to one side of the bed position and an uninterrupted path to the wet room. The wet room looks as though it can be configured to have a turning circle of 1200mm for a wheelchair.

                    I shall keep you all posted on progress
                    Don't forget to ask about zero VAT. It is a complex area but can reduce the cost considerably.
                    Ann

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                      #11
                      Our local authority wanted to charge us 10% to project manage the converting of the a downstairs cloakroom into a wet-room. They offered to speed thing up by using the architect they frequently worked with who could adapt plans so that they would go through the planning process quickly and they also had builders on tap. However, we felt pushed and were going to lose control and have little choice about the fixtures, so we decided against using them. It is important not to be rushed and to think through exactly what it is that you want and need.

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                        #12
                        Hi Annb,

                        Sounds like the old boy network is alive and kicking with your cash to hand out as bungs. I thought this died out in the 70’s but maybe it has been revived in this era of austerity.

                        Ye old cynic,
                        Barry
                        I’m going to do this even if it kills me!

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                          #13
                          Hi Christoff,
                          We have a fab OT who has done plans for our wet room, I can give you dimensions if you like. You don't have to have everything done if you are self funding. I gather that you don't get much say if it is being funded and yes Barry I think you are right as I have spent the last 3 months looking at wet rooms and costs...
                          Fru X

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Fru View Post
                            Hi Christoff,
                            We have a fab OT who has done plans for our wet room, I can give you dimensions if you like. You don't have to have everything done if you are self funding. I gather that you don't get much say if it is being funded and yes Barry I think you are right as I have spent the last 3 months looking at wet rooms and costs...
                            Fru X
                            Fru - that would be great PM me

                            What i cant get me head round is that MND has been around for some time. There are certain things any sufferer will eventually need regarding washing and bathing - surely it is not beyond the wit of man for there to be a minimum require and typical layout to show shower; toilet in relation to shower, toilet in relation to wash hand basin; minimum turning circle etc etc etc. I am not asking for the secret of turning base metals into gold, i simply would like considered advice and technical assistance

                            I just think it is shocking we have this terrible condition and have to play the medical equivalent of 'Where'e Wally'

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Christoff View Post
                              Fru - that would be great PM me

                              What i cant get me head round is that MND has been around for some time. There are certain things any sufferer will eventually need regarding washing and bathing - surely it is not beyond the wit of man for there to be a minimum require and typical layout to show shower; toilet in relation to shower, toilet in relation to wash hand basin; minimum turning circle etc etc etc. I am not asking for the secret of turning base metals into gold, i simply would like considered advice and technical assistance

                              I just think it is shocking we have this terrible condition and have to play the medical equivalent of 'Where'e Wally'
                              Chris I'm with you on that, it's not exactly rocket science is it? You'd think the OTs would have some sort of fact sheet specifying the minimum requirements rather than us each having to work it out ourselves.
                              Sporadic MND/ALS - Limb onset - Diagnosed May 2016

                              Today is the tomorrow I feared yesterday

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