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Daily living activities

8) Bathroom adaptations

Adapted shower area
Bathroom adaptations are expensive and local authorities usually have strict eligibility criteria for adaptations to property. An  assessment of need by local authority Occupational Therapist is essential. Contact your local authority for details of how to get an assessment. This is usually done if the person is wheelchair bound or has severely impaired mobility and cannot access a normal bathroom so a whole new wet-room is required. However the whole process can be very lengthy taking months or in some instances up to a year from referral to completion. This depends on the size of the bathroom, the plumbing works as pipe work may have to be moved and if the person’s health has deteriorated or is likely to worsen.

Local authorities have their own guidelines and some offer improvement grants towards the cost of the adaptation. Unless you are on a low income you will usually be expected to contribute to the cost of the adaptation. This amount will vary depending on income and savings.

Other major adaptations can include widening bathroom doorways or fitting an over head tracking hoist between rooms. If you are considering a major adaptation funded entirely by yourself, try to get as much information and advice on what you actually need, what is available to meet that need. Reputable companies will take care of the entire installation project but you should get several quotes to compare prices of the work you are looking for.

There are five disabled living centers across Scotland where you can make an appointment to see bathrooms and possible bathing equipment.

Organisation: Ability Centre
The Mackinnon Centre, 491 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry
Dundee DD5 2DZ
Tel: 01382 436860
Fax: 01382 436858
Email: ability.centre@dundeecity.gov.uk
Organisation: Moray Resource Centre
Maisondieu Road, Elgin
Morayshire IV30 1RX
Tel: 01343 551339
Fax: 01343 542014
Textphone: 01343 551376
Email: info.dlc@comm.moray.gov.uk
Organisation: Disability Centre for Independent Living
Community Services Centre, Queen Street, Paisley
Renfrewshire PA1 2TU
Tel: 0141 847 4959
Fax: 0141 847 7267
Organisation: Lothian Disabled Living Centre
Astley Ainslie Hospital, Grange Loan
Edinburgh EH9 2HL
Tel: 0131 537 9190
Email: lothiandlc@genie.co.uk
Organisation: Dundas Resource Centre
Oxgang Road, Grangemouth
Stirlingshire FK3 9EF
Tel: 01324 504311
Fax: 01324 504312