My partner has had some adaptations to the bathroom but ideally would like a step in bath (with low step) with a "lift" into and out of the bath as and when required. The LA will only fund a wet room/shower on the grounds that you can get a wheelchair in and it allows someone to help my partner wash and that they just "do not fund step in baths" - their main argument being that you have to sit in it for it to fill up and empty!
Our argument has been that having a step in bath with a "lift" seat (or similar) into it will give my partner true independence as she would have to rely on someone else to help with the shower, for example, you either have to shower in the wheelchair! or remove yourself from the wheelchair onto a seat and then remove the wheelchair so that is does not get wet. Whereas it would be easier for my partner on a good day to step into the bath via the door or on a bad day to transport herself from the wheelchair onto the lift seat?
Anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions/help/advice? - Thank you