We were contacted by an Occupational Therapist (OT) to see if we could help one of her clients, a child with spina bifida. The child needed to move to her grandparents’ property as quickly as possible, but their home was not currently adapted or suitable for the granddaughter due to the bathroom and bedroom facilities on offer.
Our Service Team Manager met with all the involved parties: OT, Local Authority (LA) and grandparents at their property. We gained an understanding of what the grandparents and child needed, alongside conducting a detailed site survey of the outside space to assess what we could provide given the available space.
Detailed plans were provided to the OT which included a 3m x 2m wide link corridor directly from the house into the Modular Pod’s bedroom creating an extension to the existing property. The 3m x 3m bedroom would include a window with blind, carpet tiled floor and additional plug sockets (required for adjustable bed). This area would lead via a doorway to a 3m x 3m wet room which would include a shower, seat and grab rails, basin and toilet, again with support rails.
The OT requested some minor alterations to the inside layout, which we were able to accommodate. The plans and quote for the installation and hire of the Modular Pod was then passed on to the LA for approval.
On LA approval TSG were asked to construct and fully commission the Modular Bathroom and Bedroom Pod within a deadline 10 days. The whole unit was built in one day, with enough time to address any minor changes required – which only involved relocating a socket panel. Our temporary facilities provided an interim solution whilst the house was permanently adapted. Without our bedroom and bathroom, the child would have had to remain in the care of the local authority or suitable alternative accommodation for all the family would have needed to be sought, which would have proved difficult, expensive and meant yet more disturbance for the family.