Dignity Access has recently installed an Internal Compact WashPod disabled wetroom free of charge for the first beneficiary of its charitable venture, The Clive Deane WashPod, which was donated by Jay Deane in her husband’s memory to continue helping those with Motor Neurone Disease.
Berj Topalian has been desperate to find suitable washing facilities for his wife, Susan who has MND and cannot access the bathroom upstairs.
“We are so fortunate to have been selected to have The Clive Deane WashPod” says Berj. “We are very grateful for Jay’s generosity as we would have had to wait for a local authority grant which takes months and months. We had our WashPod in a week!”
The modular WashPods are extremely versatile and can be re-used time and time again which means that Clive’s legacy will live on. The WashPod team will also provide their services free of charge as a way of supporting a community close to their hearts.
“Thanks also to the WashPod team who were so efficient, courteous, kind and emotionally sensitive to the environment in which they have to work” continues Berj. “This WashPod has made our life so much easier and more comfortable at a difficult time”.
“We both decided that we would like to be able to help others in his situation when the time came” says Clive’s wife, Jay. “Clive loved the West Country and felt that we were so fortunate in many ways. Others are not so lucky, so we agreed to donate the WashPod to those in need in the region after Clive’s death”.
Jenny Trinder, MND Care Co-ordinator for Cornwall, helped Clive with his MND. “Motor Neurone Disease causes muscle weakness, making everyday activities of daily living challenging. To be able to support and encourage independence and dignity via access to bathroom facilities can have a fundamental impact on quality of life” she says. “This donation has the potential to significantly contribute to both physical and psychological well-being”.
MND can sometimes progress very rapidly which means that getting the assistance needed is urgent which is where the speed of installation of wetroom like WashPod is critical.