FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WashPod units can be bought outright or provided with simple, no-nonsense monthly plans. See below for more details.
Who is WashPod for?
WashPod from Dignity Access is an accessible, mobile, temporary wet room for anyone who has a disability, either through trauma, injury or old age, and would like to spend longer in their own home. It can be fitted internally or externally.
Sounds interesting. What’s the first step?
To ensure that WashPod is a feasible proposition, the first step is a telephone conversation to discuss your needs and the space you have available. This is usually followed up with an online search and a site visit.
Can I see a video of the installation process?
How quickly can I get a WashPod ordered and installed?
If a unit is available and there are no site issues, WashPod can be fitted and ready for use in a matter of 2 – 4 weeks. The installation itself only takes 1 – 3 days for an external unit and a day for an internal unit, depending on the circum-stances. If no unit is available, or if client-specific finishes and fittings are required, it may take longer, but rarely more than 6 weeks.
What is the planning procedure like for an external WashPod unit?
The external WashPod unit is a temporary structure so planning permission is not normally required. However, we always check with the local planners in each case to ensure this is the situation. Very occasionally, we may need to apply for temporary planning permission.
Where will the WashPod go in my home?
Internal WashPod units can be sited in any room that will house a box of approximately 4m x 3m. The New Mini WashPod has recently been designed as an alternative internal model for smaller spaces. It is still wheelchair accessible and can include hoist options but has a more compact design with dimensions of 2.7m long x 2.6m wide x 2.3m high.
External WashPod units are usually sited to the rear or side of the property. The external WashPod unit measures approximately 3.6m long x 2.6m wide by 2.4m high. The external envelope is made of a highly insulated material which acts as an external shell to the internal sleeve which is similar to the internal WashPod unit. The internal dimensions are 3.2m long x 2.0m wide by 2.1m high.
In most circumstances, the external WashPod will be connected to the house with a small, insulated lobby that is constructed on-site from an existing doorway or even a modified window opening. There is none of the stress and disruption from through-house traffic apart from connecting the unit’s electrical supply to the fuse box.
The internal WashPod unit is not insulated as it is sited within the home, erected preferably within a downstairs room. Internal WashPod units are fitted with a sliding privacy door in order to maximise room flexibility. The room configuration needs to be considered in conjunction to the accessibility needs of the client. Any additional ramps into the unit are supplied and fitted by our installation team.
How does the WashPod unit get water and electricity?
WashPod units can now be installed either inside the home or externally.
Service connections to and from the WashPod unit are simple. A fresh cold water supply and 2 x 13amp domestic electrical sockets within the home are all that are required. Externally an outside tap is ideal. Internally, our own installers will make a temporary connection into your domestic water supply.
The shower and WC wastes are pumped via a 35mm flexible pipe to a suitable outlet.
How much will WashPod Cost?
WashPod units can be rented or bought outright. There is even a buy-back option.
Costs may vary depending on the final specification and specific needs of an individual’s circumstance.
For rental, an external standalone unit will cost from £200 a week (plus the additional costs of a connecting lobby if needed), while the standard internal unit is from £180 a week and the internal Mini WashPod rental is from £150 a week. Compared to the cost of a care home, WashPod is an attractive solution in many instances.
Tracking hoists can also be fitted to either the internal or external units at an additional cost.
All costs are subject to VAT.
These costs compare favourably to the costs of relocating to a nursing home or hospital care and don’t take into account the welfare benefits.