Last reply 4 months ago
Wet room advice

Wheelchair gurus: about to install a wet room at home. Currently I get about at home with a walker/rollator, outside with a wheelchair. Assuming I will eventually be using a wheelchair indoors too, what do I need to be aware of, where can I find advice? Ta in advance.

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highlander
6 months ago

Hi and welcome to the club 😀
I’m about to have the same thing in my house… when they pull their fingers out.
So looks like we can compare notes.
They want to fit a sliding door into the room as couldn’t get it with a wheelchair with a normal door, not enough room.


markwebb
6 months ago

Yes, I need to bear that in mind long-term, thank you. Already good food for thought…


highlander
6 months ago

When you reply to someone put @ then their name.
@highlander @markwebb it’s a bit like a phone number…. else they might not see this you replied to them it kinda gets lots in all the other messages.
Feel free to ask anything you like we’re all here to help out when we can.
Just keep a sense of humour 😀
Welcome again 😀


dominics
6 months ago

@highlander, Mr @markwebb is a lunatic Tough Mudder and wheelchair rugger participant. Rightfully raising money for this august group of people.

I reckon he’ll be fine with a few bars and rings to swing from 🙂

Seriously though Mark, will you be getting around the house in a wheelchair in the foreseeable future? You are futureproofing the wet room if and when that becomes necessary?

I imagine there will be quite a lot on YouTube as well.


markwebb
6 months ago

Thanks @highlander @dominics . Lunatic in the right way I hope. Yes, and having moved house recently (blog to follow shortly!), I will be future-proofing the conversion. Can’t say when I will be in the wheelchair in the home on a more permanent basis. Who can say with certainty with MS? In the short term I am hobbling more upright than previously because of improved upper body strength through wheelchair rugby training. Yay!
Need the wet room now anyway because of foot drop…


merfield
6 months ago

@markwebb, how was your move? Was it a future proofing move? Was it hellish? Orbit came to my house to assess the possibility of a wet room as I can no longer get into the tiny shower. No luck, so I’m having to move to a bungalow and sell my home of 20 yrs. MbloodyS🤬!!! I’m hoping the bung will fit a wet room or vice versa


markwebb
6 months ago

@merfield I had built myself up for a full-on meltdown during the move but held it together. Phew!
Yes, future-proofing, support network, children’s schooling. All the stars aligned basically.
Sorry about your move. Hope you find a bungalow of your dreams. I am getting some good learnings re wet room etc. Do I go for a full wet room or a totally accessible shower with seat, rails etc? We shall see…


merfield
6 months ago

@markwebb, rail and seat can be added as and when. I’d advise a shower commode by etac -have a google. those built in flip down jobs are usually a foot deep seat ( cantilevered) and don’t fill me with confidence. Let us know how it goes.
Never thought I’d end up in a dreaded bung- still, push has come to shove. xx


markwebb
4 months ago

@merfield Just had the rail installation guys in after Community OT visit. Couldn’t install either recommended grab rail. Meh…


bernadette
4 months ago

@markwebb you could also apply to your local council for a ‘disabled facilities grant’ I found out about this by happening to see a TV programme last week in which an elderly (sorry) woman who had become less mobile had her bathroom converted, she was given a grant in excess of £7,000 to do this…who knew!
I have checked online on Gov websites and it is there…
good luck with your adaptations 😉


merfield
4 months ago

@bernadette thanks for the heads up – I’m moving to a bung so I can have a wet room with one of those Japanese bidet loos that washes and dries you – magic😳!!! xx


itsmewithms
4 months ago

When we built our “dream house” or at least the house we planned for 15 years the design kept in mind that I have MS and may need accommodations in the future. One room that received more than average attention was the master bathroom. I have a walk in shower with a seat and a grab rail. At this point I don’t use a wheelchair just a walking stick if needed but the shower is zero entry and has no door installed, just a shower curtain. It is like 42 in by 60 in, like 105cmx150cm. According to the sites if i have a small indoor wheelchair it should be manageable.

I have a standalone small tub that can be filled with hot water or cold for full immersion to bring my body temp up or down quickly if needed. I don’t use it often but it can fill in less than 5 minutes. My husband has used it more often than me for muscle soreness 😉

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