21 April 2022

Adapting a Bathroom for an Elderly Couple


The Challenge

A 92 year old gentleman was unsteady on his feet and unable to step up into the shower tray, had had several falls and had a very old electric shower with a cramped and small enclosure. His 88 year old wife struggled to help him in and out of the shower.


The Solution

He found out about Care & Repair from a friend who happened to be one of our service users. They did not want to wait up to three months for an assessment via Adult Social Care. They also believed their personal savings would prevent them qualifying for a Disabled Facilities Grant.

A member of the team visited the couple to discuss their needs and agreed a plan with them to adapt the bathroom. The design options they were given allowed them to maintain their independence. The team tendered the work to contractors on the Approved Contractors List and supervised the works through to completion.

The Benefits:

A new electric shower with anti-scald device was fitted for safer showering.

A shower seat as well as anti-slip floor covering.

Easier for his wife to help her husband with his bathing needs

Gave him back the control of his personal and bathing needs