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    MattKong
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    Bathroom Access

    Hi,

    My granddad is getting on in years and needs help getting in and out of his own home. The big problem is the bathroom, which he's against making accessible as he thinks it'll lower the value of the house, bless him but it's going to happen.

    Anyway, can anyone recommend me any company's who does bathroom access? I've been looking at accesswalkinbaths who looks good but not sure. Any advice or other companies to look at is welcomed.

    Thanks
    Matt

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    Get in touch with the Council's Social Services for an assessment of need.

    They can supply aids instantly and for free. They would also consider access and a possible walk-in shower for safety. A new replacement bathroom could take up to 12 months to install but is very cheap if your granddad is on any benefit.

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    Can't believe I didn't think to look to the council. He's not on any benefit as I know but it couldn't hurt. Thanks

    I know he was kinda against it at first but, I dunno, he just likes looking at bathrooms. He's been browsing gainsboroughbaths & abacushealthcare, he's not keen on walk ins. Reminds him too much of hospitals, which he doesn't like.

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    Assuming he is going to have to pay for the bathroom, then your best looking for local bathroom companies. They will have a variety of bathrooms, including those that are designed for easy access.

    The 2 websites you mentioned look like the same company. Either that or its just a coincidence they happen to be on the same street.

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    Get him to chat to other older people, ladies at my church for instance, have moved to places with a wetroom and swear walkin in facilities are a life saver. Grandda, I'm in my 50's and would KILL for a house with a walk in shower or bathroom!!! does he KNOW how many disabled peeps are struggling to use a shower-over-the-bath job cuz the houses were built back then when that was the norm?
    Just googling disabled bathrooms throws up a zillion hits. If he owns his own house and is not on any benefit, then he may have to pay, but do check with his local council first

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    I've heard mixed reports about disabled baths; my understanding is that you have to sit there while the water fills up which sounds slow/chilly/tricky to get water to right temperature. I've got a walk in shower, local plumber sorted it with a low rise shower tray set into the floor tiles (so very low lip) with a glass screen. I use a shower stool and it has grab rails, etc. Even if he is not eligible for the cost of the the shower he can probably get some advice and something to sit on. (Very minor part of the cost I know but helpful). I've used shower panels for the wall of the shower area, looks surprisingly good and a lot cheaper than re-tiling everywhere. And easier to keep clean as no grout. I've had a walk in shower cubicle for years but just had redone. A plumber will be able to find a shower tray the same size as the bath, if he doesn't want to replace everything.

    Of course he may be the generation who prefers a bath, but see if he will consider a shower. Plumber tells me he's putting in more showers than baths at the moment, so your grandad could be right on trend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carl30 View Post
    The 2 websites you mentioned look like the same company. Either that or its just a coincidence they happen to be on the same street.
    All three of the links the OP gives have the same street address, suspect that this may be an advertising post in disguise.
    Odd when we have a sub-forum they can advertise openly on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    All three of the links the OP gives have the same street address, suspect that this may be an advertising post in disguise.
    Odd when we have a sub-forum they can advertise openly on.
    I suspected the same thing and I hadn't even looked at the websites

    Seems like an odd way to try advertise. The most likely result would have been members posting the name and links to actually recommended companies

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    The problem with the local councils is the grant budget. They are getting harder to get anything on a grant now. I have a wetroom business (no I'm not looking for work) so speak with people all the time that either can't get a grant or can't wait the length of time that they are quoted. If your grandad ends up paying to have this done privately, a bench mark price should be around four to five thousand including new raised height w.c and basin & ped, wet room kit, flooring, wet room screen and waterproof wall panelling (more hygienic and less expensive than tiles). I would suggest that you get a local specialist in rather than the Nationals as they are so over the top expensive. Probably at least twice what I just quoted. Good luck.

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