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Has anyone fitted a down stairs toilet and did you get any help towards the cost

happyfella
happyfella Member Posts: 294 Pioneering
I struggle to get up the stairs even though i am only 50. I have a serious injury in my shoulder and i have a slipped disc in my neck. Going up the stairs to the toilet is so painful, so a lot of the time i hold it in four around four hours so i don't have to go through the pain. My wife has said about a stair lift but no way am i having one of them in at my age. So, i am just wondering if anyone has fitted a downstairs toilet. The only room we would have is under the stairs which is not very big at all. i did look at an extension but there is no way i could afford that.

In another world i would love to buy a bungalow but we cannot afford it.

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  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 6,648

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    Welcome to the community @happyfella , hope you're well.

    I'm sorry to hear that you struggle so much with this. I personally don't have any experience of fitting a downstairs toilet, but I'm sure other members with insight to offer will be along soon.

    Are you receiving, or have you received, any treatment or support for your injuries?
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,141 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @happyfella hope you are safe and well today? and welcome to scope, if the space under the stairs is too small and an extension too expensive then it looks like your wife has the best idea i.e a stairlift, the only other option might be to move to a bungalow or ground floor flat ?
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • happyfella
    happyfella Member Posts: 294 Pioneering
    Welcome to the community @happyfella , hope you're well.

    I'm sorry to hear that you struggle so much with this. I personally don't have any experience of fitting a downstairs toilet, but I'm sure other members with insight to offer will be along soon.

    Are you receiving, or have you received, any treatment or support for your injuries?

    Hi, i have injections twice a year. They cannot do them more than that as they are dangerous. i have them for my shoulder and also for my slipped disc in my neck. With covid all the treatment has been put on a bank burner. Normally i was at the hospital each week but now they have transfered all patients to a company called inhealth due to the hospital i was at being a covid free. In an ideal world a bungalow would be the perfect solution for me, or a parkhome or something. When i go up the stairs i have to be helped by my wife and daughter which is embarrassing
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,397 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    You will need to refer yourself for a needs assessment first and this will determine any help they can give. Although i will say, that if other options are there then a downstair toilet will be the last resort. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/help-from-social-services-and-charities/getting-a-needs-assessment/

  • happyfella
    happyfella Member Posts: 294 Pioneering
    woodbine said:
    Hi @happyfella hope you are safe and well today? and welcome to scope, if the space under the stairs is too small and an extension too expensive then it looks like your wife has the best idea i.e a stairlift, the only other option might be to move to a bungalow or ground floor flat ?

    I already suffer from confidence issues due to my injury and having a stairlift would affect me more.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,141 Disability Gamechanger
    Many disabled people suffer from confidence issues, I know I do, you mentioned a park home I can recommend that 100% having lived in one for ten years now.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,397 Disability Gamechanger
    I understand the confidence issues but this won't help with a downstairs toilet. Bungalows are very few and far between in most areas.
  • happyfella
    happyfella Member Posts: 294 Pioneering
    woodbine said:
    Many disabled people suffer from confidence issues, I know I do, you mentioned a park home I can recommend that 100% having lived in one for ten years now.

    we have a caravan and bought it to make my life easier. We did that four years ago. with everything on one level it makes my life so much easier. But when i am back at the house it is so hard. So, getting rid of my house and having everything on one level would be the ideal solution, but not possible at the moment. Having the caravan has changed my life. If i could i would live in a caravan or park home.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,141 Disability Gamechanger
    You can't live permanently in a caravan on a non residential site, that's the difference between them and residential park homes
    Be extra nice to new members.

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