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Saturday, 2 April 2016

decisions, decisions, decisions. {adaptations}


Having worked out (finally) the funding for the adaptations to our new house to make it Smiler-friendly, I've had a couple of people ask me about the equipment that's going in.  Mostly bathroom stuff, but a few other bits and pieces too, so I'm planning (famous last words) to share some of the reasons why we went with what we've gone with.  A quick guide to some of the research, pondering and comparisons that have gone into getting this far, in other words.  I know you know this, but I'm going to say it anyway - our choices are based on Smiler's needs, and what fits best with our ordinary everyday family life.  I'd like to think someone reading this might find it useful to hear our thought process and comparisons, and if you have any specific questions you think I might be able to help you out with, do drop me an email and I'll do my best to answer.

(Photos are nothing to do with the subject matter, obviously, but I took them and I like them and I can put them here if I want, so there.)

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So, what will I be covering?  I've written already about The Problem of The Stairs, but will properly explain why we have made certain choices about other elements of that system.  I'll be talking toilets (as you do), comparing the two models that are available that do what we want it to do, and what the deciding factors were for us in choosing one over the other.  I'll run through the different showers that we looked at, and the features that are available which impacted our decision.  Also shower seats that we came across, some basics about the different types that are around and what we took into account when we were narrowing down what we think will work best for Smiler.  Grab rails is another big one for us - there is such a massive range out there it can be difficult to know where to start!  I'll share some of our thinking about what we have gone for in the end, along with a personal evaluation of some of the features available.  I had assumed that choosing a shower screens would be completely straightforward, which turns out not to be the case, so I'll share a bit of my research and googling on those with you too.  Writing about sinks and taps might be challenging, since we haven't resolved that one yet, but I'll put it last on the list and will hopefully have made a decision by the time I get to it.

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Just to be clear from the beginning, I don't have any particular fondness or affiliation for any brand or manufacturer or supplier, and none of these posts are sponsored or anything like that.  All of those of us who has ever had need to browse sensory toy catalogues or look for a car seat that can provide torso support or find swimsuits that will work for our incontinent child will know that as soon as anything is "special needs" or "disability friendly" will know that the prices seem to mysteriously (at least) triple, and sourcing more economical suppliers can be a complete bugger, so I will be sharing links to supplier websites and stating prices to give you a bit of an idea of what to expect.  I'll also be sharing my personal experiences with the process of researching and ordering, and some things that I Did Not Know (but wish someone had told me) before I started this!

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