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

happyfellahappyfella Member Posts: 101 Courageous
edited December 2020 in Disabled people
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_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,511 Disability Gamechanger
    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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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,008 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 ?
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • happyfellahappyfella Member Posts: 101 Courageous
    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
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 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/

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • happyfellahappyfella Member Posts: 101 Courageous
    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.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,008 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.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 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.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • happyfellahappyfella Member Posts: 101 Courageous
    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.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,008 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
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
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