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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:54 pm 
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Anyone got any experience of designing these?

There's been a suggestion that this may be the answer to my wife's problem of accessing our bath/shower and the possibility of a grant to pay for some of it. (I'm still looking into that cos details are very fuzzy).

To apply for a grant I have to provide the council with full details of all our assets, I'm resigned to having to do this but still reluctant to spray my complete financial situation around the council offices until I can get more details.

The one thing that's really puzzling me is how anyone can design a sensibly functioning wet-room or wheelchair accessible shower in our small bathroom, (basic empty floor plan below).

I don't want to have to hide the bogrolls when anyone has a shower and then wipe the shower overspray off the bog seat every time I use the bathroom.

Plan below is fairly self explanatory, that's a window at the top, I can see that that may have to go, but it still seems too small to be viable. Soil stack goes down into the floor top right corner(ish), bath waste exits more or less under the LH window reveal, .


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Designed a few bathrooms but no wetrooms... What's the width of the door and the chair ? you can get wetroom shower screens one example https://www.kudosshowers.co.uk/products ... ackages-2/

So the bog roll won't get wet when using the shower.

Might need some excavation for the waste for the shower though...

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wine~o wrote:
Designed a few bathrooms but no wetrooms... What's the width of the door and the chair ?


I've looked on a couple of websites with regard to the design features/thoughts etc. and they all require more space than we have to start with, I think the smallest I found was about 2.8m square, (but they all do a lot of arse covering with space for two carers).

The door is a 2'3", it could easily be up-sized to a 2'4" (I took one out and built up the liner) if one could be found to match, or failing that with a complete refurb we could have any size door. Any of the wheeled shower chairs that I've seen will go through the door, but turning space becomes a problem once you start manoeuvring wheelchairs.

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I did one of a similar size for a client with MS a few years ago. She has a motorised indoor wheelchair and it's fully accessible.

Low profile shower tray was down LHS with a 800mm glass screen
Comfort height WC top RHS, basin unit bottom RHS


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Thanks Darrenba, that's really useful, although from the look of it your client had more mobility than my wife does currently, we'll need to be able to get the wheelchair into the shower.

I'll have to play around with some more drawings with the door moved over a bit. That's the towel rail gone then!

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Moving the door is probably the best plan... But I thought you were retired ?

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wine~o wrote:
Moving the door is probably the best plan... But I thought you were retired ?


It's only going to be on paper for now. :wink:

Nothing is yet settled with the wife's capabilities. The hospital have just today given up trying to make the Standaid they ordered work well with the wife and are going for a mobile hoist instead.

The Standaid was intended to be for transfers from chair to bed etc, but I knew it wouldn't go through the bathroom door. Whether the hoist will or not I don't know.

I also don't really know my wife's current capabilities as all I see of her is sitting in a wheelchair for about an hour a day.Until she gets home again everything is up in the air. The OT dept at the hospital seem to think it's OK that she can't access the shower and that she should just have a strip-wash every day for the rest of her life!!

I might just opt for a floor mounted hoist for the bathroom to lift her onto a seat over the bath.

I don't mind admitting that my head's been spinning a bit lately.Too much stuff to organise and think about, it's not my scene at all.

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