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Adapting to change

  • Angela May

Bathrooms are now the most common form of adaptation, even if it’s as small a Accessible Bathroomthing as swapping a loo seat.

But a different, ‘joined-up’ approach could deliver even better results.

So often, an adaptation addresses just the immediate problem. One sure thing in life is that as each day goes by, we age and our needs change. That can, and does, impact on whatever bathroom adaptation has been done. So the money spent has in effect been flushed down the toilet, as the adaptation no longer delivers.

May it be worth changing the way we view and allocate budgets, instead of it being an immediate- short term? And looking more holistically at a situation: someone may benefit from a riser-recliner chair, but they will still need help to get on and off the toilet, so still require care provision. If they need a riser recliner chair, give them a toilet lift too.

They won’t need care workers to help them on and off the loo. They also have the psychological benefit of feeling independent, the freedom of being able to ‘go’ when they need, with all of the associated health benefits, and they are in possession of their dignity. What impact does that have on their mental health? What impact on budgets?

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