Elderly parents may need to abandon the stairs. We have a good sized
downstairs utility and boiler room so removing some storage and
installing a sink and shower shouldn't be too hard. I am wary of getting
specialists in who will mark everything up x2 at least and thinking of
specifying the requirements and hardware (enclosure, taps etc) and
supervising trades myself.
Where would i look to see what is available for any kind of special
sanitary equipment for the elderly, and where I could get it at a decent
On Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:28:11 +0100, Harry Bloomfield wrote:
I'm less interested in what such companies pay for their stock than I am
in what they charge.
Stairlifts - unless you are paying $$$$$ require that a person in a
wheelchair transfer to use them (and there's a corresponding free
wheelchair at the other end of the destination).
They are mostly helpful for those with some mobility, but who might
struggle with stairs.
Rather than sourcing from a 'refurb' company, take look on ebay from
private sellers. There are always plenty on there, people find they no
longer need them or move into a house with one fitted and remove it -
they fetch very little money, compared to original cost.
On Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:41:11 +0100, Harry Bloomfield wrote:
We were contemplating a move, a few years ago, and briefly considered a
new-build house + stairlift as a solution.
Then we actually saw some new builds and changed our mind. Christ they're
shit. Really shit. Although my USian brother who came with us (very much
for amusement) did like the unheated outdoor storage units. We let the
sales person explain to him they're "garages".
We'll keep our bungalow, thanks. 1,500 sq. foot for us, as opposed to
1,100 or less sq. ft. in a house.
I didn't say they did.
But if your plan to make a house more accessible is predicated on fitting
a stairlift, then be prepared for such plans to turn to shit if the person
(s) involved then can't transfer to use a stairlift. Which is exactly
what happened to a couple of people SWMBO knows through support groups.
In the OPs case, rather than fitting a stairlift *and* accessible
bathroom, there may be more sense in working on a downstairs solution
from the get-go ?????
My mother had one fitted she's got 2 steps up from the hall followed by
180 degree return up the main stairs then another 180 degree return via
1 step to the landing. The unit is "free standing" and is screwed
directly into stairs (through stair carpet) and floor so no wall or
The local company came along, measured up then had about 4 weeks wait
for the track/rails to be custom made. Cost around about £4k and works
Next step was to then change upstairs bathroom into a full wet-room so
no shower trays etc. Also prolonging Mums ability to stay at home, and
every week at home is £1k out of the pockets of the local care home.
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