Life can turn on a sixpence or advance at a rapid rate. WashPod may help by providing rapid, fully accessible washing facilities just when you need it most. Sudden injury or trauma can affect any one of us while old age will affect us all. Both circumstances will leave us and our families with new challenges to face in the future.
WHAT IS WASHPOD?
WashPod is a range of rentable, mobile, accessible, disabled wetroom pods designed for the disabled and less-mobile by a team of architects who specialise in designing spaces for disabled living. They avoid the need for any adaptation work unless it’s really needed as a long-term answer and can be erected internally or externally in just a day.
They specifically offer a solution for those who are waiting for their home to be adapted or using it as an interim answer while they relocate to an adapted home following major injury or trauma. It’s also an option for the elderly who wish to stay in their own home for as long as possible.
For the elderly experiencing either a gradual or sudden decline in mobility, the challenge can be finding a way to stay in the home you know and love for as long as reasonably possible.
Whether a suddenly acquired disability is temporary or permanent, finding somewhere suitable to live can often be the main obstacle. The sooner we can return to our own homes the better and the quicker we are likely to recover and adapt. A key requirement for being allowed to return home from hospital is that here is suitable, accessible bathroom readily available.
Sadly all too often this is not the case and a newly disabled person finds themselves discharged to somewhere totally alien such as a care home or hotel – this deprives them of their independence at a time when they should be starting to rebuild their lives.
This is where WashPod comes in.
Installing a WashPod unit offers a quick and cost-effective way of providing temporary, accessible bathroom facilities without the stress and disruption or permanent loss of space that converting an existing ground floor room, or extending the house, would cause.
WashPod allows a newly disabled person the chance of returning to their home quickly, or an elderly person longer in the home they know and love, giving them both the space and time to find more permanent solutions if they’re needed.
With six models to chose from, there’s one to suit most requirements in terms of need and space.
WashPod’s designs allow for internal and external set up. Features include an underfloor heating and LED lighting. The external pod is highly insulated and, if required, can be clad in a material of your choice. You can even specify the interior finishes, although this may be subject to additional costs.
HOW IT WORKS
WashPod units can now be installed either inside the home or externally.
WashPod’s new, modular, fully compliant* design allows for both an internal or external set up with five models for total flexibility. The Large WashPod internal measurements of both models are 3.5m long x 2.5 wide and 2.2 high with a 1.02m ramp. The external WashPod unit is made of a highly insulated, waterproof outer case which can, if required, be clad in a material of your choice. All that is needed to connect the unit is a cold water supply (external tap) and a 2 x 13amp domestic, electrical sockets. The external unit’s dimensions are approximately 4.25 long x 3.55m wide x 2.6m high and, in many cases, these are connected via a temporary lobby to the main house. This can either be a simple, covered walkway or a fully insulated and watertight lobby which can be constructed directly by us or by your own contractor. Alternatively a 1.02m long ramp is used.
External units are fitted with an internal hot water tank and a pressurised shower unit. There is electric underfloor heating together with a heated towel rail to ensure that the WashPod unit can be maintained at a minimum temperature of 25°C if required. Internal units can either be connected to the existing hot and cold water supplies or supplied with standalone heating and hot water as per the external unit. A commercial grade Saniflow unit ensures that all water from the both the shower and the WC can be pumped via a 40mm diameter, flexible pipe to a waste pipe up to 40m away.
There are three smaller models that provide an added level of versatility where maximum accessibility is not needed. The Standard, Compact (internal & external models) and new Micro models can be accommodated in tighter spaces and will suit many requirements. Please see the individual drawings for each WashPod model for more information.
* the Compact and Micro models are too small to be ‘fully accessible’.
Costs can vary depending on the final specification and specific needs of an individual’s circumstances but rental rates are for as little as £180 – £415 per week plus installation.
This compares favourably to many times this cost for a care home.
Tracking hoists can also be fitted to either the internal or external units at an additional cost.
Should you wish to use your own builder to construct a temporary lobby, we are more than happy to advise your builder of connection requirements.
We normally request minimum rental periods of 9 months.
Costs to run units are typically less than £1.00 per week.
All costs are subject to VAT.
If you have any questions please see the FAQS page or call Lewis Gopsill on 07708 173397 or the office on 01342 410 242 for a consultation.